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The United States, led by the Federal Communications Commission's mobile broadband spectrum policy and its newer Spectrum Frontiers initiative for the millimeter wave (mmWave) mobile communications, is positioning U.S. facilities–based communications providers to capitalize on both 5G fixed wireless access and 5G mobile services in the 2019–2020 timeframe. The FCC has already opened up 12.7GHz of spectrum in the mmWave bands, of which 7GHz is unlicensed, which, when combined with 5G License Assisted Access Unlicensed (LAA-U) and New Radio Unlicensed (NR-U), is set to open up gigabits per second mobile broadband communications to private enterprise networks, campuses, indoor shopping malls, and other public spaces. "As the FCC implements its mmWave auctions in 2019, U.S. operators will be able to develop a complete portfolio of 4G and 5G services composed of new mmWave spectrum and refarmed LTE spectrum in the low band/midband to high bands," says Bill Rojas, telecom research director, IDC Asia/Pacific.



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