Thursday, 11 August 2016

FCC and small cell deployment of 5G

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced a measure to make small cell deployment easier for operators rolling out 5G. The US telecoms regulator signed an agreement with the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) and the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers (NCSHPO). Both bodies are concerned with listing historic sites in the US, and considering the impact of new infrastructure on them. Building on an earlier agreement among the same parties, the new deal expands exclusions from the federal review process for distributed antennae systems (DAS) and small cell deployment. The aim is to enable operators to densify their 5G networks with less restrictions. “The interconnected world of the future will be the result of decisions we make today,” said Tom Wheeler, FCC chairman, explaining the regulator’s running start on 5G. “That is why 5G is a national priority, and why today’s agreement to streamline small cell deployment will play a critical role in the successful deployment of next generation wireless service,” he added. Along with ensuring spectrum availability, the regulator sees easing infrastructure deployment as a key role. The FCC has already laid out its stall on radio spectrum, after it made high-band frequencies available for 5G in the US. The agency said it was the first in the world to make these frequencies available.