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Trump administration moves to adapt military airwaves for 5G networks – Marketplace

trump administration moves to adapt military airwaves for 5g networks – marketplace

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Next-generation 5G wireless technology requires sufficient bandwith, and there’s news the military is freeing up some space per a Trump administration plan so that commercial 5G signals are less likely to get blocked.

Marketplace’s Nova Safo has the details, and the following is an edited transcript of his conversation with “Marketplace Morning Report” host David Brancaccio.

Nova Safo: Our mobile phones basically are little radio transmitters. They work on certain frequencies. For 5G, we’ve been so far working with frequencies on the higher end of the spectrum, where the waves are narrow and can be easily blocked — by walls and even leaves.

So there’s been pressure on the Pentagon to give up some of the vast amounts of spectrum it holds for military applications, and specifically mid-band spectrum, lower frequencies, wider waves. And that’s exactly what it’s now now doing.

We spoke with Ted Rappaport, head of the New York University WIRELESS research center, and he explained why that mid-band spectrum is important.

Ted Rappaport: The important thing about this spectrum is like the previous four generations of cellular, it penetrates buildings better and it goes further in foliage. These frequencies, at 3.5 gigahertz, are …

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US frees more bandwidth for 5G network use

us frees more bandwidth for 5g network use

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SAN FRANCISCO: The United States on Aug 10 announced that a chunk of bandwidth long reserved for the military will be auctioned off to telecommunications firms for use in ultra-speedy 5G networks. One hundred megahertz of “contiguous, coast-to-coast mid-band spectrum” will be made available for commercial 5G deployment, the White House and the US Department of Defense said in a joint release. The bandwidth in the range from 3450 and 3550 megahertz was identified for use in 5G networks and can be made available without impairing military or national security capabilities, according to senior administration officials. The US Federal Communications Commission will be able to start auctioning the spectrum in December, and it could be put to use for new-generation telecommunication networks as soon as mid-2022, according to the release. The addition will increase to 535 megahertz the amount of mid-band spectrum available for 5G networks in the United States, which is behind other countries such as China and South Korea when it comes to deploying the potentially transformative technology. Beijing recently slammed US warnings of “consequences” if Brazil chooses Chinese telecoms company Huawei to develop its 5G network, accusing Washington of “unscrupulous oppression” of the country’s tech companies. Huawei – the world’s top producer …

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Nreal Light AR glasses launch bundled with Galaxy Note 20 5G

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If you’re any kind of an augmented or mixed reality enthusiast, you might now finally have a reason to buy Samsung’s new Galaxy Note 20. That is, if you leave in South Korea. Almost like a proverbial unicorn, AR glasses that don’t look like bulky headsets have repeatedly been promised but never delivered, that is until now. Nreal, who promised to democratize mixed reality gear, is finally launching its Light smart glasses but with a couple of caveats, including spending more than $1,300 for the experience.

Nreal revealed its Light mixed reality glasses last year as an attempt to make MR experiences more accessible, both in price as well as in technology. Rather than loading almost all the hardware on the glasses themselves, it offloads the computing work to a separate unit powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chip connected to the glasses with a cable. It doesn’t have a fancy controller like an Oculus or Vive which is where the Galaxy Note 20 5G comes in.
After an initial announcement last year, the Nreal Light is launching only now to the consumer market but with quite a number of catches. For one, it’s compatible only with two phones …

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Nreal Light Mixed Reality Smart Glasses Make Retail Debut in 5G Samsung Note 20 Bundle

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(Image credit: Nreal)In case you haven’t been watching, the smart glasses market is shaking up this summer. Google already bought North Focals, giving way to the potential for greater distribution and investment in augmented reality (AR) smart glasses. Today, we’re seeing more tangible proof of smart glasses getting another shot at mainstream audiences, as Nreal Light has hit retail availability.But there a bunch of catches, so don’t go stomping out your stupid prescription specs yet. Nreal Light, which are mixed reality glasses (you can manipulate the AR features by tethering a smartphone, which becomes a 3-degrees of freedom controller) leveraging Nreal’s Nebula UI, are being sold through a partnership with LG UPlus. That limits them to the South Korean market. An Nreal spokesperson told Tom’s Hardware that the glasses will hit the U.S. “before the end of the year in partnerships with carriers.”  (Image credit: Nreal)On top of that, you need to have a Samsung Galaxy Note 20 with a 5G connection. That’s going to limit the audience significantly. Although, those who’d spend $1,000 on a 5G phone may include the types of people interested in MR glasses. In a statement, Song …

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U.S. to free up 100 MHz of mid-band spectrum for 5G

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The White House on Monday announced plans to make 100-megahertz of key mid-band spectrum between 3.45-3.55 GHz available for commercial 5G deployments.Government agencies have been evaluating ways to share the 3.1-3.55 GHz band with commercial users, while protecting federal military operations that already occupy the band.
Last month, in a report to Congress the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) determined that the 3.45-3.55 GHz portion was the most viable for near-term sharing, including power levels desired by the wireless industry.  

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However, today’s announcement appeared to signal more concrete movement on the band for commercial users.
According to Reuters, White House advisor and U.S. Chief Technology Officer Michael Kratsios told reporters that the FCC will be able to auction the spectrum starting in December 2021 and it could be used as soon as the summer of 2022.
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White House announces spectrum auction to fuel 5G growth

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Monday, August 10, 2020 3:34 p.m. EDT

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By Alexandra Alper and David Shepardson
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Trump administration on Monday unveiled plans to auction off 100 megahertz of midband spectrum previously dedicated to military purposes for commercial use starting in mid-2022, to ramp up fifth-generation network coverage in the United States.
The Federal Communications Commission will be able to auction this spectrum to companies like Verizon Communications Inc and AT&T Inc from December 2021, and the wireless industry could be using it by summer of the following year, White House adviser and U.S. Chief Technology Officer Michael Kratsios told reporters.
The move “allows us to maximize 5G availability of spectrum without compromising national security,” he said.
The military uses the spectrum for critical radar operations including air missile defense, Department of Defense Chief Information Officer Dana Deasy said.
Midband spectrum is seen as vital for 5G, because it offers both geographic coverage and the capacity to transmit large amounts of data, FCC chairman Ajit Pai has said.
The next-generation 5G wireless network is expected eventually to connect and enable high-speed video transmissions and self-driving cars, among other uses.
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U.S. President Trump Is Unleashing America’s 5G Potential

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FREEING UP RESOURCES: President Donald J. Trump is taking decisive action to release more spectrum for commercial use, strengthening the United States’ leadership in 5G communications.At the President’s direction, the Administration announced that 100 megahertz of contiguous, coast-to-coast mid-band spectrum will be made available for commercial 5G deployment.This spectrum will give Americans access to the greatest 5G networks in the world, leading to cutting-edge innovation, economic prosperity, and strong national security.The American wireless industry will be able to build and operate 5G networks nationwide using the 3.45-3.55 GHz band.Through collaboration with the Department of Defense, the Administration has worked carefully to ensure commercial use of this critically-needed mid-band spectrum does not compromise military preparedness or national security.President Trump’s commitment to strengthening the United States’ leadership in 5G communications is vital to ensuring the security and prosperity of the American people.LEADING THE WORLD IN 5G READINESS: This action builds on President Trump’s record of success in ensuring that the United States is the global leader in 5G readiness.President Trump and his Administration have taken strong action to remove unnecessary regulatory barriers to 5G infrastructure buildout, helping secure America’s place as the …

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Race to 5G: 5G Phones Get Cheaper

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AT&T pulls into the lead in the Race to 5G, now that we’ve fulfilled two out of the three major requirements for a 5G nation. The third one, alas, seems like it’s still years away because of how the FCC has screwed up airwave auctions in America.Our Race to 5G tracker looks at three aspects of the 5G transition. You need enough devices on sale for people to have options. There has to be coverage so people can experience 5G. 5G also needs to perform well enough that there’s a reason to choose it over 4G. What I didn’t expect when I first set up this series a year and a half ago was that the US carriers would somehow figure out how to create 5G coverage and devices without offering any real performance advantages. But that seems to be where we’re stuck.
The new Galaxy Note 20 Ultra looks to have excellent 5G performance
Before we get to that, however, let’s talk about the good news. AT&T’s high score comes from its combination of both high- and low-band 5G. AT&T has a small number of devices out there showing very high speeds in its 35 “5G+” cities, …

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Trump Administration announces 2021 midband spectrum auction for 5G

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The White House has a plan to free up more federally used midband spectrum for auction in 2021. 
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The White House and the Department of Defense on Monday announced a plan to free up 100 megahertz of wireless spectrum currently being used for the military to be used instead for commercial 5G service. This nationwide spectrum is in the so-called midband range of spectrum, which wireless providers say is key to delivering the next generation of 5G wireless service to suburban and rural users. The Trump administration said it began working with the Defense Department in April to identify 100 MHz of contiguous wireless spectrum across the US that could be shared among military and commercial users. The spectrum is in the 3450 and 3550 MHz range of spectrum. The government says it plans to have the technical details of how to share the spectrum among the various stakeholders worked out by the end of the summer. 

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Then, the Federal Communications Commission would begin the process of drafting rules and seeking public comment for the auction of the spectrum. The auction is likely to take …

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Apple may release a new iPhone in early 2021 that would look a lot like the iPhone 12 with one major feature missing

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Apple could release a cheaper, 4G-only version of its expected iPhone 12 in early 2021, according to a new report from Wedbush Securities.Apple is expected to release several new iPhone models in the fall that will all support 5G connectivity.If Apple does release a cheaper 4G iPhone 12 next year, it would come after the tech giant has been leaning heavily into more affordable products to boost its iPhone business.Apple typically releases its new iPhones in late September, but the company said it’s expecting to receive supply a few weeks later than usual this year. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Apple’s annual fall iPhone launch is steadily approaching, but that may not be all the tech giant has in store when it comes to smartphone launches in the next several months.Apple may release a cheaper version of the iPhone 12 that comes with 4G connectivity instead of support for 5G networks, says a new research note from Wedbush Securities written by analysts Daniel Ives, Strecker Backe, and Ahmad Khalil. Wedbush initially expected Apple to launch a mix of 4G and 5G-enabled versions of its iPhone 12 this fall. But the firm revised its predictions after its most recent Asia …

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