5G Rise Slowed by Cost, Regulation

Countries must harmonize, researcher says

Governments around the world must agree to release spectrum in harmonized millimeter wave bands for 5G cellular services, according to a leading researcher in the field. The US has taken some, but not enough, steps in this direction, said Theodore Rappaport, director of NYU Wireless here.

“To keep cost down, and get adoption rates to be very high, it will be better for the industry to have common frequency bands to use with the same chipset,” Rappaport said in an interview with EE Times.

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