June 15, 2016
BELLEVUE, Wash. – July 14, 2016 – Today, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) led the world by making spectrum available for the next generation of wireless connectivity, 5G. Chris Pearson, President of 5G Americas said “5G Americas applauds the work of the FCC’s Spectrum Frontiers team on leading the world in this historic achievement, making available almost 11 GHz of wireless broadband spectrum in the millimeter wave (mmW) bands for 5G. The FCC’s rules, allowing flexible mobile use of these new bands, will allow our Region to continue to lead the wireless revolution.”
5G Americas – the Voice for 5G and LTE in the Americas – has long advocated getting more licensed spectrum to the market for mobile broadband as it is critical for the Region to maintain its lead in delivering high-speed, innovative wireless applications to subscribers. As 5G Americas has noted, the North American region has led 4G adoption globally, in part because of the FCC’s important auctions of licensed spectrum. The FCC continues this leadership on 5G adoption based on today’s decision.
5G, expected to be standardized by the Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) in two phases (2H2018 and 4Q2019) is predicted to support three major families of use cases: Enhanced Mobile Broadband, Massive Machine Type Communications and Ultra-Reliable and Low Latency Communications.
Mr. Pearson added “5G Americas supports the FCC’s ongoing study of an additional 17.7 GHz of spectrum, as proposed in today’s Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, as well as in industry bodies, to fulfill the “national priority” of American leadership in 5G set forth by today’s historic event.”
5G Americas recently published a white paper, 5G Spectrum Recommendations outlining key spectrum bands for allocation in the Americas region. The paper is available for free download on the website www.5Gamericas.org.
About 5G Americas: The Voice of 5G and LTE for the Americas
5G Americas is an industry trade organization composed of leading telecommunications service providers and manufacturers. The organization's mission is to advocate for and foster the advancement and full capabilities of LTE wireless technology and its evolution beyond to 5G, throughout the ecosystem's networks, services, applications and wirelessly connected devices in the Americas. 5G Americas is invested in developing a connected wireless community while leading 5G development for all the Americas. 5G Americas is headquartered in Bellevue, Washington and officially announced the change of the organization’s name from 4G Americas on February 12, 2016. More information is available at www.5gamericas.org. Follow our news on Twitter at @5GAmericas and Facebook at www.facebook.com/5gamericas.
5G Americas' Board of Governors members include: América Móvil, AT&T, Cable & Wireless, Cisco, CommScope, Entel, Ericsson, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), Intel, Kathrein, Mitel, Nokia, Qualcomm, Sprint, T-Mobile US, Inc. and Telefónica.
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