Military issues industry solicitation for 5G cellular network prototypes to enhance military communications

April 15, 2020
Seeks to demonstrate mid-band spectrum sharing in the national 5G plan to bring spectrum to market while protecting military capabilities.

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) in Washington released its fourth and final request for prototype proposals for 5G technology development this month. C4ISRnet reports. Continue reading original article

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

15 April 2020 -- In the solicitation for the next-generation network, the DOD asks for industry input on a three-pronged 5G prototype project at Hill Air Force Base and Utah Test and Training Range, both in Utah.

Like previous solicitations, the request is divided into three categories: the 5G network itself, enhancements to the network, and applications for a deployable spectrum-coexistence and -sharing system.

The DOD wants a 5G prototype test bed to design, construct and operate a localized, private, full-scale 5G mobile cellular network to evaluate the impact of the 5G network on airborne radio systems; 5G prototype enhancements specifically to improve dynamic spectrum-sharing and spectrum coexistence capabilities; and 5G prototype applications to design, construct and deploy a spectrum coexistence and sharing (SCS) system to identify and demonstrate deployable SCS.

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John Keller, chief editor
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