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FCC suggests commercial or robot usage of underutilized 4.9 GHz safety band

The FCC is considering opening up the 4.9 GHz public safety band for 5G, potentially to support specialized allocations for low latency, critical communications applications such as drone and robot operations in future. This would be a good example of a regulator considering options to enable 5G to fulfil its objectives of supporting a diverse range of enterprise use cases rather than just an increasingly fat and generic mobile broadband pipe (see lead item). However, it would be controversial, given that 4.9 GHz is already allocated for a critical application, safety. However, the FCC considers the band has “fallen short of its potential” in that sector because, according to its filing, out of “nearly 90,000 public safety entities eligible ……

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