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5G Americas Urges NTIA to Move Quickly on Mid-Band Spectrum for Commercial Wireless Use

Update: On July 6, 2020, the NTIA released its report covering the feasibility of commercial wireless services sharing in the 3100-3550 MHz Band.

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Chris Pearson, President, 5G Americas commented on the following report:

“We are pleased that NTIA has recommended commercial access in the upper 100 MHz of the 3.1-3.55 GHZ band. Yet over 70 countries from around the world have agreed to target spectrum for 5G at 3.3 GHz and up, often with 200, 300 or more MHz of spectrum, since 3 GHz is a sweet spot for both coverage and capacity. It is important for the federal agencies to free up more mid-band spectrum for the mobile industry to reach the full potential of 5G. Now that NTIA has issued its report on the full 3.1 - 3.55 GHz band, it is critical that the federal agencies work closely with industry at successful solutions to free up more spectrum in the band.”

April 16, 2020

5G Americas provides comments in response to the Commission’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“Notice”) concerning the use of the 3.1-3.55 band.

5G Americas urges the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to accelerate its process for opening up the 3100-3550 MHz mid-band spectrum for commercial wireless use, citing an urgent need for increased spectrum resources due to the COVID-19 pandemic and to maintain US leadership in 5G.

In its letter, 5G Americas requests NTIA to conclude its evaluation of the entire Lower 3 GHz Band in the immediate term so that the commercial wireless cellular industry can begin to analyze the study.

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