US DoD Issues 5G Request for Proposal for Dynamic Spectrum Sharing Testbed

The US Department of Defense (DOD) has unveiled the fourth 5G Request for Prototype Proposal (RPP). The DoD has also asked for industry input into technology development related to a dynamic spectrum sharing testbed, enhancement, and applications at Hill Air Force Base (Hill AFB) and Utah Test and Training Range (UTTR) in Utah. In mid-March, the DOD issued two 5G Smart Warehouse RPPs for technology development at the Marine Corps Logistics Base in Albany, Georgia and Naval Base San Diego, and a third RPP for Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality prototypes at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state.

This 5G-related request for prototype proposal is open to members of the National Spectrum Consortium (NSC) and is focused on expanding mid-band spectrum sharing. This effort will demonstrate mid-band spectrum sharing critical to NSC’s 5G plan. Sharing technology can bring spectrum to market while protecting and enhancing future military capabilities. NSC strongly encourages its members to collaborate and respond to these important RPPs to support innovation and make sure that the United States remains a global technology leader on 5G.

Dynamic Spectrum Sharing Prototype RPP

Specifically, DOD issued the RPP to support the following government requirements: 

  • NSC-20-2070 – 5G Prototype Testbed to design, construct and operate a localized, private full scale 5G mobile cellular network in order to evaluate the impact of the 5G network on airborne radio systems.
  • NSC-20-2080 – 5G Prototype Enhancements specifically to enhance dynamic spectrum sharing and spectrum co-existence capabilities.
  • NSC-20-2090 – 5G Prototype Applications to design, construct and deploy a Spectrum Coexistence and Sharing (SCS) system to identify and demonstrate deployable SCS.

This is the fourth and final RPP that the DOD has announced and is planning to release in relation to 5G technology development. Members of the NSC in good standing can submit proposals in response to the RPP. Full proposals are due May 15, 2020, at 12 PM ET and should be submitted to the appropriate locations as detailed in the RPP. 

The National Spectrum Consortium is a team of leading technologists, engineers, scientists, manufacturers, and program managers from industry, academia, and government working to solve the toughest problems related to 5G, 5G-based technologies, and spectrum access and sharing.