On Monday, the trump administration announced a plan to auction 100MHz medium frequency spectrum originally used for military purposes for commercial use, which will be put into commercial use in mid-2022, thereby expanding the coverage of 5g networks in the United States, Reuters reported.
Michael kratsios, White House adviser and chief technology officer of the United States, told reporters that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will auction the spectrum to Verizon communications, at & T and other companies from December 2021, and the U.S. wireless industry will be able to use the spectrum in the summer of 2022.
He said the move “enables us to maximize the use of 5g spectrum without compromising national security.”.
Dana Deasy, chief information officer of the U.S. Department of defense, said the military uses the spectrum for key radar operations, including air missile defense.
Ajit Pai, chairman of the FCC, said that the intermediate frequency spectrum is very important for 5g because it can not only provide geographical coverage, but also transmit a large amount of data.
The FCC has been trying to clean up enough spectrum to make 5g networks a reality and to ensure that there is enough spectrum to cope with the growing Internet and wireless traffic. This spectrum reallocation is part of these efforts.
Ajit Pai praised the news, adding that the FCC expects the U.S. government to act quickly to bring the spectrum to market.
“This is a key milestone in ensuring US leadership in the 5g sector.” Ajit Pai said.
In October 2018, US President trump signed a presidential memorandum instructing the Department of Commerce to formulate a long-term comprehensive national spectrum strategy to prepare for 5g wireless network. Trump set up the White House spectrum strategy task force to ask federal agencies to report on the government’s spectrum needs and examine how to share spectrum with private sector users.
CTIA, an American wireless industry organization, also welcomed the news. “Opening up this key mid frequency spectrum for full commercial operation will enhance the competitiveness of the United States in the 5g ecosystem,” CTIA president and CEO Meredith Attwell Baker said in a statement