Gigahertz frequencies support gigabit and ten gigabit wireless. The U.S. FCC, led by John Leibovitz, is following the progress very closely. They've just issued the Spectrum Frontiers NOI. They are asking many of the right questions here and it's the job of our community to give them some answers. I've had a chance to discuss these issues with the FCC people involved. They've obviously done a great deal of research. The FCC is reaching out out to several of the leading experts for ideas. I believe they intend to get this right.
A NOI (Notice of Inquiry) does not propose action. Instead, NOI's collect information that will inform them as they make proposals. The conflicting claims about spectrum are hard to reconcile even with proven technology. Good information about what's practical in high frequency is just being discovered, making it even harder to reach a decision. The payoffs are potentially so large that many countries are moving ahead very quickly. Japan and Korea intend to deploy 5G in 2018 even though nothing is out of the labs yet.
The European Union and Korea have both dedicated $1B for research in this area; the U.S. has only scattered funding. Despite that, much of the most important work is being done here, by people like Andrea Goldsmith of Stanford, Robert Heath of Texas & Ted Rappaport of NYU.Add a comment