FCC to Make mm-Wave Spectrum Available for 5G and Satellite Broadband Services

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is working to make mm-Wave spectrum available for 5G, IoT, and other advanced spectrum-based services, including satellite broadband services.

They have announced a new order that takes two key actions. First, the Commission adopted rules to allow Fixed-Satellite Service earth stations to be individually licensed to transmit in the 50 GHz spectrum band. This action will allow Fixed-Satellite Service operators to provide faster, more advanced services to their customers.

Second, the Commission established a coordination process to accommodate the military’s potential need for additional sites in the Upper 37 GHz band, while protecting the interests of non-Federal licensees in this band. These are important steps toward the auction of the Upper 37 GHz, 39 GHz and 47 GHz spectrum bands slated to begin later this year.

The actions taken by FCC are expected to be the building blocks for deploying 5G in the US and will contribute to economic growth, job creation, and global competitiveness.

The Report and Order (FCC 19-30) was issued on the 12th of April 2019. Here are some links to more information on the issues orders.