5G technology has captured the imagination of technologists, businesses, and legislators everywhere. And all of the above seem to have a keen interest in moving 5G networks and applications forward. That desire has prompted recent action by the European Parliament, Council and Commission, and U.S. Congress.
In fact, the U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote today on a measure that would allow for the sale of spectrum to support 5G builds.
Federal Communications Commission Chairman, Ajit Pai, has already announced plans to auction 28GHz band spectrum in November, and then 24GHz band spectrum after that. But, the FCC (News - Alert) needs Congressional approval by May 13 to make that happen.
Reuters says the bill, created by Republican and Democratic lawmakers, includes provisions “to identify more spectrum for private sector use and reduces bureaucratic hurdles connected with building wireless networks….”
Following his appearance last week at Mobile World Congress (News - Alert), Pai blogged he wants the U.S. to win the race to 5G. He also noted that 5G will usher in the use of more small cells, and interestingly, he said that “deployment of certain small wireless facilities shouldn’t trigger federal historic preservation and environmental reviews.” Pai added: “Red tape like this is not only unnecessary for small cells, but also increases the cost and slows down the deployment of wireless networks.”
Meanwhile, across the pond, EU lawmakers have freed up spectrum for 5G services. This EU deal was reached on Thursday after much debate.
That spectrum will be available for 20 years. That’s five years less than the Rueopean Telecommunications Network Operators Association was hoping for.
“ETNO has been clear that users, technology and markets require increased investment certainty delivered by a pro-investment access regime, simple horizontal rules for all providers of electronic communications services as well as real and credible spectrum reform,” the group said. “This requires predictable licenses of at least 25 years, in line with the original ambition, and a binding peer review system ensuring a harmonised approach at the EU level…. We ask legislators to ensure that the final text delivers far more ambition, more certainty, less complexity and a credible governance system.”
Edited by Mandi Nowitz