Recently, Federated Wireless commented on the FCC’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to make centimeter and millimeter wave spectrum available for the future of wireless networks. The proposal, which addresses use of bands above 24 GHz, proposes use of a Spectrum Access System in the 28 GHz band as well as a hybrid approach to the 37 GHz band and has the ability to directly benefit carriers when implemented. Federated Wireless enthusiastically believes that this is the correct approach for deployment of these bands and is looking forward to highlighting how new spectrum management techniques, first leveraged for the 3.5 GHz Band, can bring the revolutionary effects of spectrum sensing and dynamic spectrum databases to other bands.
Although carriers have argued for traditional approaches – contending that anything other would delay 5G implementations — we have to caution that traditional approaches have taken years, even decades, to implement due to auctions, creation of standards, and development and manufacturing of equipment and devices. The Federal Government has acknowledged the great potential that managed spectrum sharing technologies hold for the future of spectrum management. The increase in the utilization factor would provide the capacity necessary for 5G.
As such, we believe that widespread adoption of spectrum sharing technologies in these bands will exponentially increase the capacity of spectrum resources, future-proof regulations, protect incumbent operations, reduce interference and monitor, and enforce compliance with the Commission’s rules. If we are ready to change the future of wireless networks, embracing a spectrum sharing model is the fastest way to a 5G world.