North, Central and South America Policy Considerations:
5G Americas monitors and contributes to a number of policy considerations for mobile broadband services from government agencies in countries throughout the Americas region. Often times, 5G Americas contributes white papers, filings, or position documents to provide technical and marketplace information to these regulatory bodies and agencies.
September 30, 2016 | 5G Americas comments on the FNPRM in 14-177
April 8, 2016 | 5G Americas Letter to the FCC on Mobile Wireless Security
January 26, 2016 | 4G Americas FCC Filing: 5G high band spectrum in the U.S.
Radio spectrum is the most important resource for the provisioning of advanced wireless services. The radio spectrum is the Radio Frequency (RF) portion of the electromagnetic spectrum.
5G Americas carefully reviews government plans for the allocation of additional spectrum in the Americas and presents its position to the Organization of American States (CITEL) and other governmental agencies in the Americas region that make decisions regarding spectrum allocations and spectrum policy. 5G Americas meets with regulatory officials in governments throughout the Americas regions to discuss spectrum planning, spectrum processes, and other important matters that are vital to the success of the mobile broadband wireless industry.
In the U.S., regulatory responsibility for the radio spectrum is divided between the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). The FCC is an independent regulatory agency and administers spectrum for non-Federal use (i.e., state, local government, commercial, private internal business and personal use). The NTIA is an operating unit of the Department of Commerce and administers spectrum for Federal use (e.g., use by the Army, the FAA, and the FBI).
5G Americas embraces the following general principles:
Frequency bands that are not harmonized for mobile wireless services throughout the Americas may present difficulties; for example, equipment supporting these bands might not be readily available and infrastructure and handsets may be at higher costs. Additionally, interoperability and roaming capabilities may be further issues. As much as possible, it is desired that frequency bands be common and consistent throughout the Americas to achieve economies of scale and to facilitate roaming. Such a designation will allow service providers, application developers and manufacturers to recognize the highest economies of scale essential to the provision of the highest levels of cost-effective services to current and future wireless consumers at every socio-economic level.
5G Americas offers the following spectrum policy guideposts to help stakeholders in the region in working together to secure a bright mobile broadband tomorrow.
1. Well Considered Spectrum Allocation Policies are Imperative
A. Configure Licenses with Wider Bandwidths
B. Group Like Services Together
C. Be Mindful of Global Standards
D. Pursue Harmonized/Contiguous Spectrum Allocations
E. Exhaust Exclusive Use Options Before Pursuing Shared Use
F. Not All Spectrum is Fungible – Align Allocation with Demand
2. Spectrum allocations can take years to effectuate. Thus, continual planning by governments throughout the Americas region is needed to ensure a robust supply of radio spectrum is available to the wireless industry.
5G Americas, as well as its member companies, stand prepared to aid stakeholders in the region in securing the promise of mobile broadband.
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