Satellite, mobile industries still hashing out spectrum sharing for 5G
March 11, 2016
Some of the stakeholders involved in negotiations between the mobile and satellite industries provided a glimpse as to how those talks are going -- or rather, reiterated the fact that they are ongoing.
If FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has his way, the two industries will come up with a plan to co-exist before the FCC has to step in. After some pretty "direct" comments to the satellite industry on March 7, he also made it clear that "this is very much a two-way street," where the mobile industry needs to step up to the plate as well.
Wheeler made his latest comments at the start of the FCC's workshop on its Spectrum Frontiers Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) and technological developments in millimeter wave bands. Some compare the pending release of millimeter wave spectrum to other seminal moves in wireless, such as when PCS was first auctioned in the 1990s, setting off a huge round of competition and funds flowing into the government's coffers.