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FCC, USAID Sign Agreement on Int’l 5G Deployment; Ajit Pai Quoted

Ajit Pai

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) have signed an agreement to drive U.S. efforts to deploy 5G connectivity to developing countries. FCC noted that it also seeks to update its regulations on 5G connectivity to ensure competitiveness in U.S. communications services.

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GAO Assesses 5G Strategy Against Six Key Characteristics of Effective National Strategies

5G

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has examined the National Strategy to Secure 5G released by the White House in March 2020 and found that the document partially addressed five of the six desirable characteristics for an effective national strategy. GAO called on the assistant to the president for national security affairs to collaborate with the National Security Council (NSC) and National Economic Council. 

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Mark Esper: 5G Key to Pentagon’s Joint All-Domain C2

Mark Esper

Mark Esper, secretary of the Department of Defense (DoD) and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner, said the development of 5G will play a key role in DoD’s Joint All Domain Command and Control (JADC2) concept. “This technology can enhance something as simple as virtual reality training or as ambitious as the connectivity of systems for JADC2,” Esper said. 

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VMware Launches 5G Telco Cloud Platform; Shekar Ayyar Quoted

Shekar Ayyar

VMware has launched the company’s 5G Telco Cloud Platform, a cloud solution featuring a field proven, carrier-grade and high-performance cloud native infrastructure with intelligent automation, the company reported on Sept. 1. The VMWare platform will include Tanzu Kubernetes Grid, an embedded Kubernetes distribution, that will allow Communication Service Providers (CSPs) to reliably build, manage and run containerized workloads across private, telco, edge and public clouds.

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Bruce Jette on U.S. Army’s Efforts to Address Supply Chain Gaps Amid COVID-19

Bruce Jette

Bruce Jette, the U.S. Army’s acquisition chief and a 2020 Wash100 Award recipient, has said the service branch is looking at ways to ensure the resiliency of the supply chain amid crises like the COVID-19 pandemic. If you missed Thursday's event, check out Potomac Officers Club’s Event Archive to watch the 5th Annual 2020 Army ForumClick here to find all of POC’s recent events. 

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NCSC’s Constance Taube on Cyber Threat Data Sharing in Response to Vulnerabilities Posed by 5G

Constance Taube

The adoption of 5G could introduce supply chain vulnerabilities into critical infrastructure and Constance Taube, deputy director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC), said NCSC is “working out a repeatable process”  that seeks to help the federal government streamline cyber threat data sharing with industry partners.

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White House to Ask FCC to Auction Additional Mid-Band Spectrum for 5G; Michael Kratsios Quoted

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The White House has announced plans to free up 100 megahertz of the mid-band spectrum for commercial 5G networks and direct the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to auction by Dec. 2021 that swath of radio frequencies used by the military.

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FCC Commences 5G Spectrum Auction; Ajit Pai Quoted

Ajit Pai

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has launched the first license auction for the new 5G spectrum, in a move to have the band populated by wireless networks as quickly as possible. The auction, titled Auction 105, offers opportunities to obtain priority access licenses for 10-megahertz channels in the 5G 3.55-3.65 gigahertz band.

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