Nokia is preparing to demonstrate wireless equipment running at 90-96 GHz during the Brooklyn 5G Summit set to take place in April.
The company is requesting Special Temporary Authority (STA) from the FCC to conduct the demonstrations; the STA period would be from April 18 to 26 to allow time for setup, customer demos/tests and breakdown of the equipment.
The application stipulates that the demo will use one Nokia base station and one mobile unit and be conducted at the New York University School of Engineering in Brooklyn, New York. The Brooklyn 5G Summit 2018 runs from April 24-27.
Nokia also has been a proponent of using radio frequencies above 95 GHz as it’s a founding member of the mmWave Coalition that kicked off late last year. The aim of the coalition is to advocate at agencies like the FCC and ITU.
It just so happens the FCC will consider an item at its Feb. 22 meeting to seek comment on proposed rules for spectrum above 95 GHz.
The FCC says it is beginning to see an uptick in interest in spectrum above 95 GHz, which long has been considered on the outmost edge of usable spectrum. The goal of its Spectrum Horizons proceeding would be to enable innovators and entrepreneurs to develop technology that can make effective use of the higher band spectrum.
The FCC’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) focuses on providing licensed and unlicensed spectrum use opportunities in the 95 GHz to 275 GHz range, with additional provisions for experimental licensing up to 3000 GHz “in a manner that would not foreclose future federal and non-federal access to opportunities and technologies.” The frequencies in the 95 GHz to 275 GHz range are allocated for federal government and non-federal government use across multiple services on a co-primary basis, while the frequencies above 275 GHz are not allocated.
So far, there is limited FCC-authorized use above 95 GHz, other than for experimental and amateur radio operations. Industrial, scientific and medical (ISM) uses may occur in the 122-123 GHz and 244-246 GHz bands subject to certain provisions.
Nokia last year had requested permission to conduct 90-96 GHz tests at Nokia facilities in New Jersey, Illinois and California, but that request was denied due to insufficient information in the application process. Those tests would have taken place over a two-year period.