The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) took the first step by releasing the 100 MHz wireless spectrum currently used in the military and using it for 5G services,media reported. On Wednesday, local time, the agency adopted the rules and proposed additional changes to the spectrum of the 3.3-3.55GHZ band, paving the way for the spectrum to be auctioned off to commercial service providers.
In August, the White House and the Defense Department decided that it could share 5G services with commercial providers. They also urged the FCC to begin drafting auction rules to be introduced in December 2021.
5G is the next generation of wireless technology to be rolled out around the world, and it promises to deliver faster wireless services and faster response networks. In addition, it will connect more devices and provide real-time feedback, which is expected to dramatically transform people’s lives and ways of working and bring new advances to self-driving cars and advanced augmented reality experiences.
The medium frequency spectrum in the frequency range of 2.5GHzz and 3.5GHz provides more balanced coverage and capacity because it covers 5G over a few mile radius — although lower-level spectrum requires more base stations.
Instead of initially focusing on these 5G spectrum bands, AT&T and Verizon invested in the millimeter spectrum. MmWales are extremely high-frequency radio waves that basically provide enhanced Wi-Fi hotspots. But now, these operators are looking to build a 5G network using the medium-band spectrum.
“The FCC took another important step today by putting the much-needed mid-band band on the market to advance our 5G future,” Will Johnson, Verizon’s senior vice president for regulatory and legal affairs, said in a statement. By voting in the 3.45GHz band, the Committee will provide additional, major bands to expand 5G coverage. “