FCC proposes to free up 3.7GHz-4.2GHz band for 5G

24 May 2018

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman Ajit Pai has confirmed that a plan to utilise 500MHz of spectrum in the 3.7GHz-4.2GHz band for 5G purposes will be included in the watchdog’s open meeting agenda in July. Speaking at the Wireless Infrastructure Association Connectivity Expo in Charlotte, North Carolina, Pai commented: ‘I intend to put up for a vote a proposal to make more intensive use of that 500MHz of spectrum, including seeking additional input on making it available for commercial terrestrial use.’

According to Fierce Wireless, the 3.7GHz-4.2GHz C-band is currently seen as ‘a critical link in video distribution for national and regional cable programmers’. It is understood that the band is used for downlink from satellites, while the 6GHz band is used for uplink to satellites.

United States, Federal Communications Commission (FCC)