FCC puts 5G at the heart of competitive telecoms policy
April 12, 2016
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler commits to 5G
“It is time for a fresh start; a start that leads to national leadership in 5G”
US 5G spectrum decision due this summer
“Competition, competition, competition”
Speaking at the INCOMPAS Policy Summit yesterday, FCC chairman Tom Wheeler reaffirmed that American leadership in 5G is a national priority, citing Intel research that the number of connected smart devices is going to increase from 15 billion in 2015 to 200 billion in 2020. He also told attendees that the FCC is preparing to designate spectrum for 5G this summer, with technology trials already underway.
INCOMPAS, incidentally, was formerly known as Comptel, the trade association for competitive networks in the US, and advocates for laws and policies that promote competition, innovation and economic development.
“Because 5G will be the first mobile technology to add the use of millimetre wave spectrum at scale, wireless signals will travel shorter distances,” Wheeler told his audience at the summit. “This means that 5G cell sites will be much more densely located than traditional networks. We will see a proliferation of new cell sites requiring expanded backhaul capacity – and backhaul is a Business Data Service. Without a healthy BDS market, we put at risk the enormous opportunity for economic growth, job creation and US competitiveness that 5G represents.