& cplSiteName &

$100M at Stake in US Wireless RFP

Mari Silbey
3/13/2017
50%
50%

What do you get when you funnel nearly $100 million into advanced wireless networking research? The National Science Foundation is hoping for multiple test-bed communities that model the wireless future and create a path toward tomorrow's smart, connected cities.

News of the US government's launch of the Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research (PAWR) project first came to light last summer. Then late last week, the National Science Foundation (NSF) announced an award of $6.1 million to US Ignite and Northeastern University to oversee the project, which will combine roughly $50 million each of public and private funds.

As leaders of the PAWR Project Office, or PPO, the early goal for US Ignite and Northeastern is to solicit requests for proposals from teams that pair communities or cities with academic institutions. These teams will submit plans for advanced wireless platforms that test new types of network architectures and mixed technology environments. Eventually, the hope is that these platforms will demonstrate how it's possible for smart communities to connect new sensors to secure, high-performance local networks to enable new civic-oriented applications and services.

A press statement from US Ignite notes:

    US Ignite believes that true "smart communities" will be deeply sensorized and allow for the flow of real-time data over next-generation wireless networks to the community’s low-latency, programmable fiber network. From there, data will stream to a resilient and highly responsive community-based local cloud. Decisions made on that platform can then be turned into real-time actions that are communicated, in just a few milliseconds, to distributed municipal, public safety and privately operated infrastructure.

Although an official timeline hasn't yet been announced, the PAWR Project Office is already working on its RFP and says it expects to host an event in Washington, DC shortly after the document is released. The PPO also says it's aiming to have the first PAWRs up and running by late 2019 or early 2020.


Want to learn more about advanced wireless networking? Sign up now for Light Reading's Cable Next-Gen Technologies & Strategies event on March 21-22, at the Curtis Hotel in downtown Denver.


The public funding aspect of the PAWR project is critical, but private industry involvement is equally important. All four major US wireless carriers have already signed on to participate, along with major industry vendors, including Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC), Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK), Juniper Networks Inc. (NYSE: JNPR), Qualcomm Inc. (Nasdaq: QCOM) and many more. The collaboration aspect is crucial because while individual companies, communities and research institutions can run their own networking and smart city research, the US -- and the wireless industry as a whole -- will move faster and more effectively by combining efforts and sharing the technologies and practices that work best.

Collaboration is also necessary because networks of the future will combine technologies that cross multiple industry domains today. PAWR project sites, for example, are expected to include fixed network backhaul, software-defined wireless networking technologies, management of multiple spectrum bands and the ability to layer on new experimental applications as needed.

According to NSF, the establishment of the PAWR Project Office is the first step in a long-term, public-private partnership. Over the next seven years, NSF has tasked the PPO with soliciting research proposals, managing platform deployments and documenting program results. The networking technologies that develop should help support next-generation applications in transportation, public safety, healthcare and more.

Related posts:

— Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, Light Reading

(1)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View        ADD A COMMENT
msilbey
50%
50%
msilbey,
User Rank: Blogger
3/13/2017 | 2:49:04 PM
Competition from cities
I can guess some of the major cities that will be vying for this funding - likely many that were also in the running for the DOT smart city challenge last year. But given the academic institution component, there should be some new entrants as well. 
Featured Video
From The Founder
Light Reading founder Steve Saunders grills Cisco's Roland Acra on how he's bringing automation to life inside the data center.
Flash Poll
Upcoming Live Events
March 20-22, 2018, Denver Marriott Tech Center
March 22, 2018, Denver, Colorado | Denver Marriott Tech Center
March 28, 2018, Kansas City Convention Center
April 4, 2018, The Westin Dallas Downtown, Dallas
April 9, 2018, Las Vegas Convention Center
May 14-16, 2018, Austin Convention Center
May 14, 2018, Brazos Hall, Austin, Texas
September 24-26, 2018, Westin Westminster, Denver
October 9, 2018, The Westin Times Square, New York
October 23, 2018, Georgia World Congress Centre, Atlanta, GA
November 8, 2018, The Montcalm by Marble Arch, London
November 15, 2018, The Westin Times Square, New York
December 4-6, 2018, Lisbon, Portugal
All Upcoming Live Events
Hot Topics
Has Europe Switched to a Fiber Diet? Not Yet...
Ray Le Maistre, Editor-in-Chief, 2/15/2018
Will China React to Latest US Huawei, ZTE Slapdown?
Ray Le Maistre, Editor-in-Chief, 2/16/2018
Net Neutrality: States' Rights vs. the FCC
Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, 2/13/2018
IBM, Microsoft Duke It Out Over Chief Diversity Hire
Sarah Thomas, Director, Women in Comms, 2/15/2018
5G: The Density Question
Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 2/15/2018
Animals with Phones
Live Digital Audio

A CSP's digital transformation involves so much more than technology. Crucial – and often most challenging – is the cultural transformation that goes along with it. As Sigma's Chief Technology Officer, Catherine Michel has extensive experience with technology as she leads the company's entire product portfolio and strategy. But she's also no stranger to merging technology and culture, having taken a company — Tribold — from inception to acquisition (by Sigma in 2013), and she continues to advise service providers on how to drive their own transformations. This impressive female leader and vocal advocate for other women in the industry will join Women in Comms for a live radio show to discuss all things digital transformation, including the cultural transformation that goes along with it.

Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed