Military setting-up plans for large-scale 5G experiments

Oct. 28, 2019
5G seen as revolutionary technology for a broad range of capabilities such as improved information gathering and more computing power at the edge.

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) will release a draft request for proposals next month to create large test beds for 5G applications and spectrum sharing. Washington Technology reports. Continue reading original article

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

28 Oct. 2019 -- At the start, DOD is looking at four military facilities as test sites and three use cases. The numbers of both likely will expand, however, as the project moves forward, says Lisa Porter, deputy undersecretary of defense for research and engineering. A value of the contracts haven’t been determined and will depend on budgets, but the contracts will be multiple-award.

5G is seen as a revolutionary technology that will enable a broad range of capabilities such as smarter sensors, greater information gathering and more computing power at the edge.

There are security concerns, however, because some of the underlying technologies, particularly the chips, are manufactured elsewhere. Security is an important consideration as well, Porter says.

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John Keller, chief editor
Military & Aerospace Electronics

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