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US Govt to Establish 5G Research Cities
Source: totaltele.com
Source Date: Monday, July 18, 2016
Focus: Citizen Engagement, Internet Governance
Country: United States
Created: Jul 18, 2016

The U.S. government last week unveiled a multi-million-dollar project to further the development of 5G technologies, including the establishment of four city-sized testbeds for R&D.

National Science Foundation (NSF) has pledged to invest US$400 million over seven years to support the government's Advanced Wireless Research Initiative (AWRI) programme, including a spend of $50 million on 5G research platforms.

Four of these Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research (PAWR) will be set up under the project, each of which will be the size of a small U.S. city, the NSF said. They will be home to 5G research in a number of areas, including dynamic mobile spectrum use, millimetre wave (mmWave) spectrum, network architectures, and network security and privacy.

In addition to the NSF's contribution, which will begin in fiscal 2017, a further 20 companies and private-sector associations, including equipment vendors, device makers and mobile operators, have together committed to providing $35 million worth of cash and in-kind donations for the construction of the research platforms.

Each PAWR will house a city-wide network of software-defined radio antenna designed to mimic the existing cellular infrastructure in U.S. cities, the White House announced on Friday. This will enable researchers, entrepreneurs and mobile companies to test and refine their technologies and software in a real-world setting, it said. The PAWRs will be backed by four U.S cities, which will be selected via an open competition.

The government shared a series of announcements from private sector companies regarding their involvement in the PAWRs.

AT&T will provide on-site mobile connectivity, while Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile US all said they will contribute technical expertise.

Platform and equipment solutions will also come from Carlson Wireless Technologies, CommScope, HTC, Intel, InterDigital, Juniper Networks, Keysight Technologies, National Instruments, Nokia and Bell Labs, Oracle, Qualcomm, Samsung, Shared Spectrum and Viavi Solutions.

The Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS), CTIA and the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) will also be involved.

Under the broader AWRI programme, the NSF said it will spend a further $350 million on "fundamental research and at-scale testing and experimentation on critical components of wireless technologies and policies."

The announcement comes in the wake of the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC's) vote to free up 11 GHz of high-frequency spectrum for 5G services.

"The Administration expects the United States to continue to spearhead future wireless innovations because of the FCC's actions yesterday," the White House said.

(By Mary Lennighan)
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