US Military Offers Airwaves for 5G Commercial Use

2020/08/17 15:06

Today's Vocabulary

1.capacity (n)
the ability to do something : a mental, emotional, or physical ability

2. frequency (n)
the rate at which a sound wave or radio wave is repeated

3. spectrum (n)
the set of colours into which a beam of light can be separated, or a range of waves, such as light waves or radio waves

4. latency (n) 
the fact of being present but needing particular conditions to become active, obvious, or completely developed

5. deploy (v) 
to use something or someone, especially in an effective way 

6. enhance (v)
to increase of improve something

US Military Offers Airwaves for 5G Commercial Use

The U.S. government has given the military permission to offer a big part of its airwaves to private companies to expand the country’s 5G wireless network system. Technology experts see the decision as an effort to keep up with other countries – notably China – in the race to deploy nationwide 5G.

5G is the next generation of high-speed wireless technology for the world. Experts say the system is expected to bring much higher internet speeds and reduce latency, or delays, in wireless processing operations.

Currently, 5G service remains limited in the United States. And most wireless devices now in use do not work with 5G. However, major U.S. wireless carriers are working to deploy the technology to as much of America as possible.

A June report by the Congressional Research Service noted that the U.S. had less available airwave capacity for 5G development as other countries. It said this is because the U.S. military controls so many of the usable frequencies necessary for 5G technology.

The mid-band spectrum currently supports important military operations such as air defense, missile and gunfire control, battlefield weapon locations and air traffic control, said Dana Deasy, chief information officer for the Department of Defense.

Deasy noted concerns about sharing the military spectrum with private companies. But, he said the Department of Defense was creating a spectrum changeover plan that would limit any effects on military operations.

The president of wireless industry group CTIA, Meredith Attwell Baker, welcomed the announcement in a statement. Opening up the mid-band spectrum for private operations “will enhance U.S. competitiveness” in the build out of 5G technology, Baker said.


  1. Why does the U.S. have less available airwaves than other nations?
  2. What do you know about 5G?

“I think the key now is defining what the requirements are for 5G. We need to figure out what problem we’re trying to solve.”