1) This decision seems to threaten the status of fixed microwave devices, e.g. cell towers, etc. with the court ruling that Wi-Fi what will enable expansion of 5G to be more important. And now the FCC is looking at ways to increase power inside homes re. these higher frequencies that will be used for 5G. The decision re. interference with aviation is still pending. Hopefully, safety will take precedence over “5g convenience” and the wireless economy.
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Court Rules Against Petitioners Who Say Unlicensed 6GHz Band Users Could Cause Harmful Interference Issues with Fixed Wi-Fi
“The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled in favor of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in its decision to designate a large swath of the 6 GHz band to unlicensed users, including Wi-Fi. AT&T had challenged the FCC’s decision, saying it posed potential interference with existing fixed microwave users….
“Today’s decision is an important step in clearing the way for next generation Wi-Fi access at a time when it is needed most. In this pandemic so much of modern life has migrated online. 6 GHz Wi-Fi will help us address this challenge by offering more access in more places, faster speeds, and better performance from our Wi-Fi networks. It will also help us in our mission to connect everyone, everywhere. That’s good for consumers, for broadband deployment, and for the nation’s wireless economy,” Rosenworcel said….
Michael Calabrese, director, Wireless Future Project at New America, said the court’s decision is a “starting gun” for completing the rulemaking so that consumers can fully benefit from the historic expansion of unlicensed spectrum. “The Commission’s remaining challenge is to increase the indoor power levels to allow whole-home Wi-Fi and to authorize the very-low-power peripheral devices that will make this band fully functional for AR, VR and other innovation,” Calabrese said.”
2) The number of 5G base stations in China is increasing almost exponentially with plans to triple the number in the next 3 years. With all the problems that US companies are facing, I wonder if China has managed to overcome them. I recall an article that I shared a few months ago which said the concern about the increase in energy usage was causing plans for 5G to be delayed in China. The various governments seem to feel that there is a challenge re. 5G — so this probably means the US companies (especially) will feel they must rush the rollout of the infrastructure.
China reaches over 1.3 million 5G base stations nationwide: Report
“Last month, MIIT unveiled plans to more than triple the number of 5G base stations over the next four years, targeting a total of 3.64 million by end-2025.
Under this plan, China aims to have 26 5G base stations for every 10,000 people by the end of 2025. In comparison, in 2020, there were five 5G base stations for every 10,000 people in China.
Xie Cun, director of the information and communication development department at the ministry, recently said that 5G base stations in China accounted for more than 70% of the global total, and that 5G network coverage has been achieved in urban areas of all prefecture-level cities. The official also said that 5G coverage reached 97% of counties and 40% of rural towns across the country.
Chinese operators recorded a net gain of 35.16 million 5G subscribers in November, according to the carriers’ latest available figures.
3) Thanks to a member for sending in this about a major Chinese company, working through Telus, being kicked out of Canada due to security concerns. Huawei is still working in Canada, as a partner with Telus in building the 5G infrastructure and providing equipment vital to it, such as the microcells.
Chinese Telecommunications Company Forced to Leave Canada Due to Security Concerns
“A Chinese telecommunications company will cease its operations in Canada on Jan. 5 to comply with a federal government order based on security considerations.
State-owned China Mobile’s service CMLink recently announced its departure to its customers.
The company, which has the most subscribers in the world at 942 million, offered mobile plans in Canada but does not have any wireless infrastructure in the country and was relying on Telus’s network.
CMLink told its customers Telus would be in touch on or after Jan. 5 about porting-in offers; otherwise, their current mobile plan would be available free of charge until March 31, 2022, after which all service will cease.
The company is being expelled on national security grounds, with the federal government having ordered the carrier in August to wind up or divest its business….
As for Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei, the Canadian government has yet to announce if it will ban its 5G equipment from Canada’s wireless infrastructure.”
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