The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Thursday proposed new flexible rules for various bands of high-spectrum beyond 24 GHz to initiate the emergence of 5G in the US market, Streetwise Journal reported.
The proposal states that four high frequency spectrum must soon be available on various services including mobile voice and data, and the Internet of Things (IoT). These specific bands are only used in satellites today but have never been approved for regular mobile service utilization.
FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn said in a statement that the approval of the proposal could support the country’s growing need for faster Internet connection on mobile.
“It was once thought that frequencies above 28GHz could not support mobile services because their wavelengths were too short and the signal propagation losses were too high. But industry engineers have now turned these weaknesses into strengths by finding ways to use short wavelengths to build dynamic beam-forming antennas to support high-capacity networks that are small enough to fit into handsets,” Clyburn said.
The commission also believes that high-frequency migration to mobile can provide faster data speed with decreased latency, which is stronger and more efficient than what most commercial mobile services offer on the market.
The project dictates that mobile service should be capable of hosting 28 GHz, 37 GHz, 39 GHz and 64 to 71 GHz bands.
For John McKinnon of the Wall Street Journal, the agency has finally realized the importance of upgrading mobile Internet capabilities as mobile gadget purchased has been increasing in an unexpected fast rate.
“It is also because of a range of expected new uses for wireless communications, including the so-called Internet of things, as well as telemedicine, ultra-high-definition video, autonomous vehicles and other innovations,” he wrote.
Regulators, telcos, and researchers across the globe have been discussing the possibility of utilizing a 5G network in the near future. However, several engineering challenges and technological lacuna are needed to be resolved to be tagged as a “perfect and commercially viable” technology. The 5G network, however, is expected to become a staple global Internet speed by 2020.
Mobile networks in the country are utilizing the 6GHz frequency, presently the strongest frequency used in most developed countries today.
“Generally, lower-frequency transmissions travel farther so networks can be built with fewer towers. Mobile bands around 700 MHz are considered prime property for U.S. mobile operators, and the FCC is getting ready to auction off TV frequencies around 600 MHz to give carriers more of that kind of spectrum,” Stephen Lawson of Computer World commented.
The nationwide mobile Internet capability upgrade is a direct solution to the growing inevitable problem of weak mobile network and broadband connection in the world. The FCC’s success in making this happen would certainly encourage other countries to follow suit.
This growing predicament is what mobile network extender firms want to solve. 5BARz International (OTCMKTS: BARZ) is one of the companies that could help the global telco industry to alleviate their network problems while they are still finding infrastructure-rooted solutions to their problems.
Currently, the company is in talks with various Tier One Indian telcos to help them solve the massive call drops and weak mobile data in the country. The success of its Indian enterprise could make it easier for the firm to convince other telcos in South Africa, Asia, Europe, and America—as it is its plan—that its plug-and-play technology could really be part of the growth and improvements in the telco industry.
However, some industry thinkers are saying that upgrading to 5G is not just about clout or badge that could put the US to prominence anew as it was when it first expanded to 4G.
“In leading 4G technology development, the United States was the first country to enjoy its benefits—including the massive economic impact of direct infrastructure investment, as well as increased productivity. And these benefits have been widely felt: 72 percent of Americans now own a mobile device connected to a broadband network, according to a recent Telecommunications Industry Association consumer survey,” wrote Scott Belcher of intelligence and grassroots advocacy resources-focused group CQ Roll Call.