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Dec 01 2017

New mmWave Coalition to advocate for radio spectrum above 95 GHz

We all know today’s wireless networks are handling more traffic with more people and devices consuming more data than ever before. The spectrum available today to support these services is already facing a shortage to wireless carriers worldwide due to the rapid increase of mobile data growth and high-speed communication. To address this coming spectrum crunch, development in 5G technology is driving the exploration of the millimeter wave frequency spectrum (>24 GHz). From extreme mobile broadband to virtual reality and autonomous cars, to the industrial internet and smart cities, 5G planned use of mmWave spectrum will be at the center of next generation mobile telecom evolution.

To help lead the way in the next leap forward in wireless technologies, Nokia is joining together with other technology leaders, including Virginia Diodes and Keysight Technologies, in becoming founding members of the mmWave Coalition. The coalition will advocate a regulatory framework to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), other U.S. government agencies, and the International Telecommunications Union to permit the use of radio frequencies above 95 GHz.

The mmWave Coalition member companies are united in the objective of removing regulatory barriers to technologies and using frequencies ranging from 95 GHz to 450 GHz. While 5G and possibly even 6G(!) might look at these as potential frequency bands to use, the Coalition is not limiting itself to supporting any particular use or technology. Instead, it is working to create a regulatory structure for these frequencies that would encompass all technologies and all possible uses, limited only by the constraints of physics, innovation and the imagination.

Knowing that the need for even more spectrum will continue to grow, governments and the industry are looking at even higher frequency spectrum use.  The FCC is already starting to look at this now.

FCC Chairman, Ajit Pai says the FCC is currently considering whether to open up even more spectrum in the millimeter-wave bands for 5G and other uses, including spectrum above 95 GHz and is set to take up a proposal on spectrum above 95 GHz as early as December 2017 or Q1 2018.

The success of innovative services riding the mmWave spectrum will be dependent on national governments and regulators working with the industry to support access to the right amount and type of spectrum, and under the right conditions. Nokia and the mmWave Coalition are advocating the great promise of frequencies above 95 GHz that will assist in expanding broadband services for all communities and bring new entrants and applications to the market.

Visit our website to learn more about the mmWave Coalition.

Nokia’s Bell Labs is a founding member of the mmWave Coalition and one of the world’s leading research organizations in information technology and communications. Read their blog to keep up with their game changing innovations.

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About Paul Norkus

Paul is pushing the boundaries of product marketing for Nokia the way Nokia is pushing the boundaries of 5G. He has an MBA from Olivet Nazarene University and a Bachelor's Degree in Computer and Electrical Engineering from Purdue University.

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