FCC OKs Ligado’s Application to Use L-Band Spectrum to Advance 5G; Mark Esper Quoted

Mark Esper
Mark Esper

The Federal Communications Commission on Monday approved Ligado’s application to use the L-band spectrum to field a low-power terrestrial network in support of 5G and internet-of-things services.

“I thank my colleagues for coming together on a bipartisan basis to support Ligado’s application,” FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said in a statement published Monday. “This vote is another step forward for American leadership in 5G and advanced wireless services.”

The FCC approval comes with several conditions, including a requirement for Ligado to reduce by 99.3 percent its proposed power levels of its base stations to 9.8 decibell watt, safeguard GPS and other adjacent band incumbents through base station location reporting and provide 23-megahertz guard band to separate from adjacent operations in the Radionavigation-Satellite Service allocation its terrestrial base station transmissions.

SpaceNews reported Defense Secretary and 2020 Wash100 Award recipient Mark Esper expressed opposition to the FCC approval. The Pentagon “continues to support domestic 5G options, but not at the risk of crippling our GPS networks. Nearly a dozen other federal agencies have joined us in opposing this proposal,” he said on Twitter.

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