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FCC first to open up high frequencies

The FCC has adopted new rules for wireless broadband operations in frequencies above 24 GHz, making the US the first country to make this spectrum available for next generation wireless services. The rules open up nearly 11 GHz of high-frequency spectrum for flexible, mobile and fixed use wireless broadband – 3.85 GHz of licensed spectrum and 7 GHz of unlicensed spectrum. They create a new upper microwave flexible use service in the 28 GHz, 37 GHz and 39 GHz bands, and a new unlicensed band at 64-71 GHz. "These rules balance different spectrum access approaches, including exclusive use licensing, shared access, and unlicensed access, in order to meet a variety of different needs and use cases," says the FCC, which says it has struck a balance between new wireless services, current and future fixed satellite service operations, and federal uses. One of the FCC commissioners, Michael O'Reilly, dissented in part, with concerns such as there is not enough bandwidth being considered, and "serious concerns about the potential direction of some of the sharing proposals". Read more

  • Wednesday, 20 July 2016

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