T-Mobile US (NYSE:TMUS) is seeking the FCC's permission to test millimeter wave technology in and around T-Mobile's own facilities in Bellevue, Wash., using equipment from various unnamed manufacturers.
In the experimental license application, T-Mobile says that as part of its efforts to be an industry leader and continue improving and increasing the capacity of its networks, it wants to conduct tests of 5G technology in the millimeter wave bands, which may play an important role in meeting the increasing demand for data-intensive applications.
Its proposed operations involve tests at four locations. T-Mobile wants to conduct indoor tests within the controlled environment of its Bellevue lab facilities. It also wants to conduct tests at its Bellevue headquarters and at two other nearby outdoor locations. Those tests will provide information on signal propagation between buildings and other critical data to inform the broader design of 5G systems, the applications states.