DoD Picks Four Military Sites for Initial 5G Tech Experimentation

The Department of Defense has chosen four military installations located in California, George, Utah and Washington to demonstrate the next generation of wireless technology.

DoD said Thursday it determined that Naval Base San Diego, Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany, Hill Air Force Base and Joint Base Lewis-McChord have the capacity to provide access to spectrum band, wireless and fiber infrastructure and conduct controlled experiments to test a 5G network.

The Pentagon plans to release a draft solicitation notice for 5G systems this month and open up opportunities for industry to help the department establish a spectrum sharing testbed for a possible demonstration of the technology in a congested environment with midband radar devices.

DoD also seeks potential industry partners to integrate augmented and virtual reality systems into mission training activities, as well as to build 5G-based warehouses to support logistics operations.

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