White House, Pentagon agree to fast transfer of RF and microwave spectrum to kick-start commercial 5G use

Aug. 27, 2020
The U.S. will have 530 MHz allocated for 5G networks, once the spectrum is auctioned, and more is being considered in the 3 GHz band.

WASHINGTON – The White House and Pentagon have formulated a plan for the fastest transfer of federal spectrum for commercial 5G wireless use in history, without affecting military operations. Fedscoop reports. Continue reading original article

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

27 Aug. 2020 -- In December 2021, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will auction 100 MHz of mid-band spectrum in the 3450-to-3550-MHz range, on which the wireless industry can begin operating 5G networks by mid-2022.

America’s Mid-Band Initiative Team formed in mid-April created a spectrum-sharing framework for military and industry in 15 weeks. The spectrum band is used by critical high-powered military air-defense radar systems, counter mortar, bomb scoring, battlefield weapon location, air traffic control, and range safety.

The military’s spectrum-sharing arrangement with industry will be based on training and readiness. If paratroopers will be jumping from planes that need radar to fly in formation, for example, that will be coordinated with industry.

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John Keller, chief editor
Military & Aerospace Electronics

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