DoD Seeks Information on 5G Spectrum Sharing
Friday, September 25, 2020 | Comments

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) issued a request for information (RFI) seeking information on innovative solutions to enable dynamic spectrum sharing (DSS) within the DoD’s currently allocated spectrum with the goal of accelerating spectrum sharing decisions and 5G deployment.

Questions that the DoD is seeking input on include:
• How could DoD own and operate 5G networks for its domestic operations? What are the potential issues with DoD owning and operating independent networks for its 5G operations?
• While the department has made available 3.45 – 3.55 GHz spectrum for 5G, are there new technologies or innovative methods as to how additional mid-band spectrum currently allocated to DoD can be made available for 5G?
• What are other innovative ideas as to how 5G can share spectrum with high-powered airborne, ground-based and ship-based radar operations in the 3.1 – 3.55 GHz spectrum band?
• Are there other spectrum bands that can be made available to share quickly in the low- and high-band spectrum ranges?
• What types of technologies exist, or are anticipated, that will allow civilian users to share spectrum faster?
• Is the industry aware of statutory, legal, regulatory or policy hurdles that need to be altered or reconsidered to allow DSS?
• What other current and perceived barriers to DSS are there?
• How could DSS work with existing commercial spectrum bands?
• Could multiple DSS technical solutions coexist and under what conditions?
• How can spectrum modernization, including spectrum IT modernization and automation, help facilitate faster spectrum sharing?
• Are there standards, including data standards, that could accelerate spectrum repurposing decisions?
Interested parties should submit a white paper that does not exceed 40 pages. The deadline for submissions is Oct. 19. Find the full RFI here.

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