Regulatory inaction preventing U.S. from taking advantage of latest E-band antenna technology
It’s common knowledge that the FCC is determined to expand mobile connectivity. The Commission’s high profile efforts to make increasing amounts of spectrum available for that purpose – the much-ballyhooed spectrum incentive auction being the most prominent example – tend to dominate the current regulatory landscape. But what happens when the targeted spectrum is finally available for wireless purposes? When it comes to the nitty-gritty details governing use of the newly-available spectrum, will the rules and policies imposing those details be ready to maximize and optimize that use?
On at least one front it looks like considerable prep work could be underway, but isn’t. The front we’re talking about: antenna regulations in the E-band frequency block that runs from 71-76 GHz and 81-86 GHz.
The E-band, of course, is not part of the spectrum on the table in the incentive auction. But, particularly once the wireless beneficiaries of that auction begin to take advantage of their acquisitions, the E-band should play an important role. It is ideal for backhaul of wireless broadband signals, particularly in an urban environment where short-range, low power operations can be used in small cell systems. Small cell systems permit the efficient reuse of spectrum, obviously a desirable attribute.Continue Reading...