The trump administration announced plans on Monday to auction off the 100 MHz medium band spectrum previously used exclusively for military purposes from mid-2022 and use it for commercial purposes to expand the coverage of 5g networks in the United States.
from December 2021, the US Federal Communications Commission will be able to auction the spectrum to companies such as Verizon communications and at & amp; t, and the wireless industry could start using it the following summer, according to Michael kratsios, a white house consultant and US chief technology officer. The move “enables us to maximize the availability of 5g spectrum without compromising national security,” he said.
Dana Deasy, chief information officer of the US Department of defense, said the military used the spectrum for key radar operations such as air missile defense. Ajit Pai, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, said that the intermediate frequency spectrum is crucial to 5g because it provides both geographic coverage and the ability to transmit large amounts of data.
the next generation of 5G wireless networks is expected to eventually connect and enable high-speed video transmission and autopilot. The Federal Communications Commission has been trying to clean up enough spectrum to develop 5g networks and to ensure that there is enough spectrum to handle the growing Internet and wireless traffic. PAYE praised the plan announced by the trump administration, adding that the FCC looks forward to swift action to introduce service rules to bring the spectrum to market.
CTIA, the U.S. wireless industry organization, also welcomed this. Meredith Attwell Baker, President and CEO of CTIA, said in a statement: “opening up this critical intermediate frequency spectrum for full power commercial operation will enhance the competitiveness of the United States in the 5g ecosystem.”