NTIA Chief Touts U.S. Leadership for 5G Capabilities
Tuesday, May 15, 2018 | Comments

Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information David Redl touted the benefits of 5G in May 14 remarks.

“5G will greatly expand the capabilities of wireless networks, allowing for powerful broadband applications and nearly universal connectivity of people and machines,” Redl said. “It will open the door for advanced internet of things (IoT) and smart cities applications, faster and more reliable health care and public-safety services, and increased productivity in almost every industry, from farming to advanced manufacturing.”

In order to ensure America’s 5G leadership, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) will support 5G development in four forms: making spectrum available, removing obstacles to deploying infrastructure, ensuring a collective strategy to secure 5G networks, and collaborating on the global standards that will define how the 5G race unfolds.

“We are actively identifying and studying spectrum bands that could be made available for commercial uses,” he said. “Our approach historically has been to move out incumbent users to make way for commercial. But this is expensive and time-consuming. And it’s becoming more difficult as demand grows and the obvious candidates for relocation have dried up.”

So, NTIA is looking at using advances in technology to increase efficiency and share spectrum to make sure users receive the maximum benefit. The Boulder, Colorado-based Institute for Telecommunication Sciences (ITS) engineers are working with NTIA’s Office of Spectrum Management to put forward a sharing model in the 3.5 GHz band. This spectrum, known as the Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS), could be a crucial component to 5G efforts.

“At the heart of this innovative spectrum band are two systems that will allow commercial users to coexist with military radar systems as well as each other,” Redl said. “ITS is collaborating with all interested stakeholders to certify these systems, which essentially will combine spectrum monitoring sensors in the field with a database.”

Beyond spectrum, deploying small cells and other wireless infrastructure will also be vitally important to 5G success. The third area for the working group is leveraging federal assets for broadband deployment. The federal government is looking to collaborate broadly with industry to assess and identify gaps and opportunities in the development of global standards, he said.

“We want to work with industry on a strategy to ensure U.S. interests are being adequately represented and our ideas advanced as effectively as possible across the standards landscape,” Redl said.

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On 5/17/18, Brent Donavan said:
Great news. We need more spectrum. This should be the hightest priority for the NTIA, and David Redl is the right man for the job.

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