FCC authorizes full 5G commercial deployments in 3.5 GHz CBRS band

Jan. 28, 2020
The FCC's action allows for full commercial use of this critical mid-band spectrum for broadband connectivity and 5G.

On January 27, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman Ajit Pai announced that the agency has certified four Spectrum Access System (SAS) administrators, including CommScope, Federated Wireless, Google, and Sony, thus paving the way for full commercial operations in the 3.5 GHz Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) band.

“The FCC has made it a priority to free up mid-band spectrum for advanced wireless services like 5G. I’m pleased to announce the latest step to achieve that priority: the approval of four systems that will enable the 3.5 GHz band to be put to use for the benefit of American consumers and businesses,” commented FCC chairman Pai.

The FCC's action allows for full commercial use of this critical mid-band spectrum for broadband connectivity and 5G.

“As with all of our efforts to execute on the 5G FAST plan, we’re pushing to get next-generation wireless services deployed in the 3.5 GHz band as quickly and efficiently as possible," concluded FCC's Pai. "I would like to thank Commissioner Mike O’Rielly for his leadership throughout this proceeding as well as the FCC staff and those in the private sector who have worked so hard to achieve this milestone.”

To view the FCC's public notice certifying CommScope, Federated Wireless, Google, and Sony as SAS administrators in the 3.55-3.7 GHz band, visit https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DA-20-110A1.pdf

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