Today, Commissioner Mike O’Rielly announced that the FCC will soon finalize rules for the 3.5 GHz band, setting the agency on a clear path to unleash the first swath of mid-band airwaves in the U.S.
This is a big deal. Here’s why.
Mid-band spectrum is considered a key building block for 5G networks, thanks to its unique abilities to both travel far and offer high capacity for mobile traffic. As Commissioner O’Rielly noted in an op-ed earlier today, “the [3.5 GHz] spectrum band is going to be the quickest and most appropriate band to initiate mid-band 5G services in the United States.”
As noted in the blog post the 3.5 GHz is a better spectrum for rural applications as it goes farther than the 24GHz and 28GHz being used for 5G. However, the emphasis is on mobile and not service to the home. We will have to see how the unlicensed portion of the spectrum is used by innovator and entrepreneurs. Stay Tuned.