The FCC Opens Discussions On The Future Of 5G Wireless

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Bigger, better, faster. That’s the forward goal of technology and it never seems to stop. But some technologies do take a bit longer to implement, especially when you have government entities involved. The FCC has opened discussions on the future of 5G wireless in the mobile industry hoping to start establishing governing rules for the technology. Experts say that even though companies like Huawei have already been testing 5G in China, it is likely the United States will not see the technology until after 2020. That is no surprise as regulators and government red tape tend to bottleneck projects like this, but at least the FCC has the communication stream open for comment.

Specifically, the FCC is fielding comments on the use of 27.5 to 28.35 GHz (the 28 GHz band), 37 to 38.6 GHz (the 37 GHz band), 38.6 to 40 GHz (the 39 GHz band) and the 64-71 GHz band.

“It was once thought that frequencies above 28GHz could not support mobile services because their wavelengths were too short and the signal propagation losses were too high,” FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn said. “But industry engineers have now turned these weaknesses into strengths by finding ways to use short wavelengths to build dynamic beam-forming antennas to support high-capacity networks that are small enough to fit into handsets.”

In Huawei’s China testing they were able to achieve downstream speeds of 1.34Gbps, with peak speeds of 3.6Gbps. Some very insane speeds for mobile but we’re still many years out from seeing 5G wireless and even when it does come about it will roll out slowly.

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  Via: DSL Reports
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