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Charter touts CBRS as ‘6G’, but is the shared band really the new face of spectrum?

As if the US’s CBRS band in 3.5 GHz hasn’t been hyped enough as the future face of mobile spectrum, cableco Charter Communications has placed it at the center of what it shamelessly dubbed its ‘6G’ trial. This seemed to ignore the fact – much bewailed by T-Mobile USA – that the US regulator, the FCC, has actually focused on LTE usage in this band, rather than 5G. That is shortsighted, TMO argues, because elsewhere in the world, the C-Band spectrum (various bands between 3.4 GHz and 4.2 GHz) is being earmarked as a pioneer band for 5G. That is being driven heavily by China and Japan, but is also seen as a way to accelerate early 5G deployments, because…

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