DOD to set up relocatable cell towers at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., for 5G testing and experimentation

June 18, 2020
The decisions to open up testing at Nellis comes as the National Spectrum Consortium wraps up its solicitation at four other military bases.

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

18 June 2020 -- Together, the U.S. Air Force Warfare Center and the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering will build a 5G cellular network for experimentation. The private network will be available only for testing.

The base will be for mobile testing, with relocatable cell towers that can be set up and removed in less than an hour. Testing at Nellis will start in January and continue in three 12-month phases.

DOD officials are seeking commercial software prototypes for testing on the network through the Information Warfare Research Projects using an Other Transactional Authority.

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John Keller, chief editor
Military & Aerospace Electronics

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