U.S. Department of Defense grants $2.7 million to fund 5G spectrum sharing research

The U.S. Department of Defense has allocated $2.7 million to mobile technology researchers to launch a city-scale 5G spectrum-sharing technology experiment, and the country is looking for ways to improve its limited resource allocation. The tests, overseen by the Office of the Advanced Wireless Research Platform (PAWR) Project, will focus on maximizing 5G services in the 3.5GHz band using the AI-supported spectrum coordination engine developed by Zylinium Research.

U.S. Department of Defense grants $2.7 million to fund 5G spectrum sharing research

The goal is to demonstrate how to use new coordination systems on a large scale to optimize band distribution and enable multiple operators to occupy spectrum on the same channel.

The work extends the development work zylinium Research undertook last year as a contestant in the Spectrum Collaboration Challenge of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Its technology, previously tested only in simulation environments, will now be deployed on a 5G network of innovative government-backed test beds in Salt Lake City, Utah.

In the United States, the 3.5GHz band has been designated as a shared spectrum with a dedicated access system to prevent interference with existing military users. IN A PRESS RELEASE, PAWR NOTED THAT ZYLINIUM RESEARCH’S TECHNOLOGY IS DESIGNED TO COMPLEMENT, RATHER THAN REPLACE, THESE SYSTEMS TO PROVIDE GREATER SPECTRAL EFFICIENCY.

Earlier this year, U.S. President Donald Trump stressed that spectrum sharing is a priority and urged increased adoption of the technology in the draft budget for fiscal 2021.