5G: speed isn’t everything; DoD, FCC need to work on spectrum

The U.S. government needs to focus on its broader goals for 5G and to rethink how it secures sensitive communications, writes Bryan Clark for BreakingDefense.com.

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WASHINGTON - The blazing download rates of 20 gigabits per second promised by 5G advocates will be the exception, rather than the rule. The real benefit of emerging 5G architectures is how they could improve coverage, latency, and speed to mobile users from a teen streaming HD video in a downtown Minneapolis coffee shop to a Marine platoon at an advance base in the Philippines. Realizing these benefits, however, will require the U.S. government to focus on its broader goals for 5G and to rethink how it secures sensitive communications, writes Bryan Clark for BreakingDefense.com.

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The Intelligent Aerospace take:

August 23, 2019-While 5G's roll out will increase speeds for the civilian population and increase connectivity abilities aboard aircraft, Clark argues that the Department of Defense needs to develop communications ability across the 5G spectrum, including high-band cells replacing wired networks, mid-band to support larger training installations, and low-band to "hide in plain sight" overseas by "tapping into" host nation networks.

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Jamie Whitney, Associate Editor
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