Why wait? Unleash spectrum for mmW now

As the world races toward 5G, it's hard to argue with NYU Wireless' assertions that the FCC should move quickly to allocate new spectrum in the millimeter wave (mmW) radio bands. But the satellite industry, in particular, is raising concerns in the FCC's Notice of Inquiry (NOI) on the subject. It's worried about the Ka-band, for one.

Are their concerns enough to derail the proceeding? I asked Ted Rappaport, founder of NYU Wireless and a pioneer in mmW research, about that. "I don't see anything there to be a show stopper for the FCC to move forward aggressively with 5G mobile service rules," he toldFierceWirelessTech earlier this week.

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