FCC on “looming spectrum crisis”

What happens when every wireless user has an iPhone, a Palm Pre, or a BlackBerry Tour?” Speaking at CTIA Wireless IT & Entertainment in San Diego last week, FCC head Julius Genachowski has said that he wants to “close the spectrum gap” — the difference between the spectrum it’s making available for wireless data versus enormous usage projections (400 petabytes a month by 2013, he says) that’ll be brought about by smarter, easier-to-use devices and ubiquitous high-speed data through a handful of initiatives including the promotion of the smart use of existing spectrum through the use of femotcells, WiFi, and smart antennas, and — more importantly — reallocation of existing spectrum.

Genachowski says there are “no easy pickings” for reallocation, but the Commission is aggressively pursuing additional airspace that can help keep 4G rollouts on track. He’s gone on to say that they’ll be adopting the widely-discussed “shot clock” policy for placement of new towers, giving locales a limited window to protest placement of cell sites that’ll help spread 4G services over wider footprints.

(By Chris  Ziegler: From engadget.com)  Read the full story:
http://www.engadget.com/2009/10/07/fcc-says-theres-a-looming-spectrum-crisis/

Jens Zander

About Jens Zander

Professor Jens Zander is professor in Radio Communication Systems at the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden. He has been among the few in Swedens Ny Teknik magazine's annual list of influential people in ICT that have been given the epithet “Mobile Guru”. He is one of the leading researchers in mobile communication and is the Scientific director of the industry/academia collaboration center Wireless@KTH. His research group focuses on three main areas – the efficient and scalable use of the radio frequency spectrum, economic aspects of mobile systems and application and energy efficiency in future wireless infrastructures.
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