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5G: The Path to Commercialization

5G Networks Push Computing to the Edge

Via Satellite, 10/16/17 - In order for 5G to support new applications such as virtual reality, video streaming and industrial Internet of Things (IOT), operators must consider disaggregating their data centers so they are located closer to the edge of their networks. During a discussion on the infrastructure needs of a 5G-fueled economy at the DC5G 2017 Summit, a panel of experts agreed that leveraging edge computing will reduce backhaul costs and also solve critical latency issues.

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Experts Urge FCC to Expand Spectrum Sharing Opportunities

Via Satellite, 10/11/17 - During a panel focusing on regulatory issues at the DC5G 2017 Summit yesterday, speakers from different industry markets stated that the only way to fund 5G deployment is to incentivize new players to invest in its rollout. Dynamic Spectrum Alliance (DSA) President Kalpak Gude argued that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) must evolve its spectrum allocation policies to be more inclusive of new technologies and potential 5G participants.

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Test Case: DC5G Panelists Offer a Closer Look at 5G Trials

Cablefax, 10/12/17 - The migration to 4G was about video. The rollout of 5G is also about video, but more about the quality and expansiveness of that video, AT&T’s David Orloff said at the DC5G Summit on Wednesday. The idea of video driving much of 5G’s application was repeated by other speakers at the conference, attended by government officials, cable/satellite players and other private businesses. The sort of latency and speed 5G will provide should help the AR/VR industry and other verticals. 

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Intelsat’s Riegelman Addresses Concerns on 5G Proposal

Via Satellite, 10/12/17 - In a presentation delivered at the end of this week’s DC5G 2017 Summit, Intelsat Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing Kurt Riegelman asserted that satellite operators will continue to be the primary users of C-band spectrum under the company’s joint proposal with Intel.

A handful of satellite operator executives, including ABS CEO Tom Choi, have already voiced concerns that regulators could use the proposal as a means to delegitimize satellite use of C-band spectrum in other regions. Hoping to allay the apprehension, Riegelman explained that the United States is unique in that two companies — SES and Intelsat — control the majority of licensed C-band services.

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Crown Castle Exec Talks 5G Infrastructure Ahead of DC5G Summit

Via Satellite, 9/15/17 - Mark Reudink is the director of product development at Crown Castle, an infrastructure provider that owns approximately 40,000 cell towers, 25,000 small cells and 29,000 miles of fiber. Such infrastructure will be critical to the rollout of 5G services — and here, we share some of Reudink’s thoughts on how he envisions this rollout progressing when the moment finally arrives. On Oct. 11, Reudink will participate in a panel called “The Big Bang: Coverage, Connectivity Strategies, and Visions for 5G Rollout” at this year’s DC5G 2017 Summit.

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EchoStar Exec on Spectrum, Policy for 5G

Via Satellite, 9/6/17 - EchoStar’s Senior Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Jennifer Manner is a 5G maverick, and has penned a number of articles for Via Satellite discussing the major policy issues surrounding the technology. Here, we explore what Manner sees as the biggest challenges for 5G ahead of the DC5G 2017 Summit, where she will speak on the “Security, Privacy, Bandwidth and Regulatory Barriers” panel on Oct. 11.

VIA SATELLITE: Could you illustrate a general picture of 5G right now? Where are we in terms of new policies and standards?

Manner: You have to think about [5G and 4G] differently. With 5G it’s foreseen as a network of networks, and this is particularly important for technologies other than traditional terrestrial wireless mobile. 

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