Google Looks to Test 3.5GHz Broadband Radios

Dan Jones
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Dan Jones, Mobile Editor

Google is really ramping up its efforts with testing broadband radios, a route that could eventually lead it to 5G.

Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) has asked the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for a license to test radios between 3.4GHz and 3.8GHz in Chicago, Los Angeles, NYC, Phoenix and 20 other areas for up to two years, as Seeking Alpha first reported Wednesday evening.

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The FCC wants 3.5GHz to be a shared band between commercial and government interests -- largely DoD -- in the US. It wants to open 150MHz for commercial applications. Google's work will start to push that concept ahead, but 3.5GHz is also a future 5G band.

At this juncture, it appears that Google wants to supplement, or even supplant, its Google Fiber Inc. wired gigabit deployments with super-fast wireless. As Light Reading reports, plans point towards the search giant stitching together licensed and unlicensed wireless networks with its fiber for maximum potential speed and coverage. (See Google Fiber May Go Wireless in the Valley Report and Google Could Stitch 5G Into HetNet Future.)

— Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, Light Reading

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