FCC to hold big 5G auction, spend $20B for rural internet

FCC to hold big 5G auction, spend $20B for rural internet

CTIA, an industry trade group, said Friday that Trump's statement "puts an end - once and for all - to any misguided notions of nationalizing spectrum resources or government-mandated wholesale 5G markets".

In October, the president signed off on a memo directing the creation of a national spectrum strategy for keeping the United States at the forefront of 5G wireless network technology, a move the administration says is vital for the good of the economy and national security.

Friday's announcement confirms that the United States will rely on private networks despite some speculation it would seek to nationalise 5G on national security grounds. The bands to be auctioned later this year include the Upper 37GHz, 39GHz, and 47GHz spectrum bands.

Earlier this month, South Korea launched what it said was the first nationwide 5G network while United States carriers rolled out 5G in some locations.

"Our goal is to maintain American leadership in 5G technology", said FCC Chairman Ajit Pai Friday on a call with reporters.

Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission Ajit Pai speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor, Maryland, U.S., February 23, 2018. "American companies must step up their efforts, or get left behind". While Trump said the new networks "have to be guarded from the enemy", an opponent that went unnamed, he also indicated speed as a top priority for rolling out 5G.

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"American companies must lead the world in cellular technology", he said.

FILE - Attendees take pictures of the new Huawei Mate X foldable 5G smartphone during the Mobile World Congress wireless show, in Barcelona, Spain, Feb. 25, 2019.

The radio spectrum coming up for auction will have very limited range, meaning small cell antennas will have to be mounted on about every fourth utility pole along streets, making 5G practical only in central business districts and other congested locations, such as stadiums, convention centers and shopping malls. The clock phase would determine winners of generic spectrum blocks and also determine the amount of incentive payments due to the incumbent licensees in the 39 GHz band that relinquish their spectrum usage rights.

Patently Apple: If the President wants the U.S.to win the 5G Race, then they should provide Apple and Intel with incentives to launch a 5G version of the iPhone in early 2020 as opposed to late 2020.

"There are proposals to free some of it for fixed wireless, and the mobile industry wants it for 5G", Brown said.

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