While 5G networks hold the promise of speeds that will be 100 times faster than today and enable 100 times the number of devices, carriers and stakeholders providing wireless and wireline infrastructure, as well as the satellite industry, say they need access to more spectrum.
Noting that 5G will enable
technologies like telehealth, autonomous cars and precision agriculture,
President/CEO of CTIA, The Wireless Association, Meredith Baker, told
the Senate Energy & Commerce Committee yesterday it’s imperative the
U.S. get going on an action plan to free-up more spectrum. She cited an
Accenture report that said if the U.S. can speed up 5G deployment by
one year, that would add about $1 billion to the economy. But more importantly, she said, other countries like China and South Korea are ahead of the U.S. in clearing spectrum for 5G.
Spectrum Strategy & Technology, Dean Brenner, said it’s important
that its chips and related components support as much technology
possible. While still enhancing 4G capabilities, his company is also
looking ahead to 6G. But everything “depends on one key component
controlled by the government — spectrum.” Continue Reading