Russ Goemaere, a spokesperson for the Department of Defense (DoD), said a request for information released in September 2020 that seeks to help DoD understand how dynamic spectrum sharing can back lethality, training and readiness, C4ISRNET reported Thursday.
Goemaere told the publication in a statement that the department “does not intend to own and operate a national 5G network.” The clarification was made after the RFI has raised concerns among lawmakers that DoD plans to own and run a national 5G network.
“The Department believes that more spectrum sharing must be the norm and that technology is a way to achieve greater sharing,” said Goemaere. “As a result, DOD is looking for new approaches to spectrum policy, access, and use, and for innovative spectrum sharing technologies. This RFI seeks to expand DOD’s knowledge base, understand the state-of-the-art, and inform future DoD research, development and acquisition activities.”
DoD announced in early October 2020 that it made $600 million in awards to support 5G testing and experimentation projects with 15 companies at five U.S. military bases.
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