WASHINGTON–The FCC voted 5-0 to launch an inquiry into how best to deploy next-generation wireless services at spectrum frequencies above 24 GHz. Such spectrum is being eyed as a key element of still-undefined “5G” networks.
Most commercial wireless spectrum runs below 3 GHz, but many industry analysts and experts expect 5G networks to make use of millimeter-wave spectrum at much higher frequencies to produce faster data speeds and more capacity. To get ahead of 5G network deployments, the FCC wants to know how it can change its rules to facilitate the deployment of such network technologies. 5G networks are expected to be commercially deployed by 2020, though there is no clear definition yet of what 5G networks will look like.