The US government has announced the creation of a 5G-focused public private partnership entity.
The Advanced Wireless Research Initiative (AWRI) announced the new programme aimed at enabling the deployment and use of four city-scale testing platforms for advanced wireless research over the next decade and builds upon the FCC’s Spectrum Frontiers rules concerning mmW spectrum last week. The goal is to allow academics, entrepreneurs, and the wireless industry to test and develop advanced wireless technology ideas, some of which may translate into key future innovations for 5G and beyond.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is committing $50 million over the next 5 years among other funding sources.
Each of the four city-based platforms will deploy a network of software-defined radio antennas, in parallel to the existing cellular network, allowing new technologies to be tested, proved and refined in a real-world setting. These platforms will allow researchers to conduct at-scale experiments of laboratory or campus-based proofs of concept (PoCs), and will also allow the cities to establish themselves as global centres for wireless research and development. The four US cities will be chosen based upon open competition.
As part of the deal, private sector investments of $35 million in “cash and in-kind support” will contribute to the design, development, deployment and ongoing operations of the testing platforms. The private sector is also contributing technical expertise and hardware.
National standardisation Bodies
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is creating a Future Generation Communications Roadmap workgroup. Plus, NIST is creating a coordinated channel measurement, verification, and comparison campaign within indoor environments by the NIST-supported 5G mmWave Channel Model Alliance.
The US programme shares several goals with Europe's 5G PPP, where 5G-ENSURE is one of 19 projects funded in phase 1. At this point in time, it is not clear what role 5G security, privacy and trust models will play in the newly announced programme. In addition to contribution to standardisation, 5G-ENSURE is continuing discussions with NIST so stay tuned.....