US Redefines The 2.5GHz Band For 5G Networks

- Aug 05, 2019-

US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has decided to reposition the 2.5 GHz band to change its current educational use to provide more frequency bands for 5G networks.


The US Federal Communications Commission has positioned this as a modernization initiative for the regulatory framework. In the United States, 2.5 GHz is the single largest continuous band in the band below 3 GHz. Currently, the band is reserved for educational television, and the FCC has removed restrictions on the use of the 2.5 GHz band, which allows the US government to allocate the previously free band by auction.


In May 2018, the US Federal Communications Commission voted to consider the release of additional key 2.5 GHz IF bands reserved for the current educational broadband service in the 1960s. The 2.5 GHz band is more suitable for coverage in rural areas, especially fixed wireless access.


“Ultimately, we removed the band’s restrictions, allowed existing users to use the band, and introduced band auctions to ensure that public resources were eventually used for higher value purposes,” FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said. “This reform will bring More efficient use of the radio band and an initiative to enhance the US leadership in 5G."FCC-Chairman-Ajit-Pai


According to FCC statistics, the 2.5GHz band has not been used in about half of the United States, and more than 90% of the licenses held by educational institutions are eventually used for commercial purposes and leased to other institutions.


Last year, the FCC’s “5G Fast” program “imported more frequency bands into the market” was an important part of it.


Today, the FCC takes action to provide additional frequency bands for 5G network services. The FCC has already auctioned the 28GHz band and auctioned the 24GHz band this year. Later this year, the FCC will auction the 37GHz, 39GHz and 47GHz bands. The FCC will introduce nearly 5,000 MHz to the market. The FCC said: "Our work in the 2.5GHz, 3.5GHz and 3.7GHz~4.2GHz bands can provide up to 844MHz bandwidth for 5G deployments." Meanwhile, the FCC is taking action to improve the use of low frequency bands in 5G networks. The goal is to change the status of the 600MHz, 800MHz and 900MHz bands.