Federated Wireless Runs $12M 5G Private Network Pilot for DoD


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Federated Wireless last week announced it recently led a successful demonstration of the U.S. Marine Corps Base Albany 5G Testbed for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) through the use of 5G-enabled IoT applications such as warehouse robotics, and holographic, augmented and virtual reality applications. The initiative is aimed at modernizing the U.S. Marine Corps operations.

The demonstration showcased the capabilities of the $12 million prototype Smart Warehouse Technology by reaching high-speed downloads of 1.5 Gbps and sub 15 msec latency using 380 MHz of spectrum in the 3.5 GHz and 37 GHz millimeter wave (mm Wave) shared DoD bands. Federated Wireless provided the automated sharing framework for the 3.5 GHz Citizens Broadband Radio Service band. This included its Spectrum Controller and nationwide ESC network of sensors.

“This pilot further underscores the importance of spectrum sharing between government and non-government entities while proving it can deliver the spectral efficiency and high bandwidth capacity necessary for private 5G wireless networks,” said Jennifer McCarthy, vice president of legal advocacy for Federated Wireless. “We have proven that with this model the U.S. has access to wide swaths of spectrum that will enable our country to become a force in 5G technology.”

The prototype 5G network was built on the next generation of Open Radio Network standards and was designed to comply with DoD specifications for zero-trust architecture for native security and secure connectivity with other networks. The prototype is a part of the DoD’s “Tranche 1” of 5G projects, a more than $500 million DoD investment in advanced 5G technology. Once completed, the prototype will deploy at the Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany (GA) as a private 5G network and use up to 750 MHz of available shared spectrum bandwidth for higher performance, according to a release.

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