Verizon And FCC Push ‘MmWave’ For 5G Wireless, In Dot-Com Twist

Federal regulators and Verizon Communications (VZ) have zeroed in on airwaves that could make the U.S. the global leader in rolling out 5G wireless services.

One market opportunity for 5G may be as a challenger to the cable TV industry’s broadband dominance. Think Verizon Wireless, not Verizon’s FiOS-branded landline service, vs. the likes of Comcast (CMCSA) or Charter Communications (CHTR).

First, though, airwaves need to be freed up for 5G. That’s where high-frequency radio spectrum, also called millimeter wave, comes in. In particular, U.S. regulators are focused on the 28 gigahertz frequency band, analysts say. Most wireless phone services today use radio frequency below 3 GHz.

(Read more...)