Joe Kochan is taking the job as executive director of the National Spectrum Consortium (NSC) at a time when building bridges between spectrum stakeholders is of utmost concern – and the Department of Defense (DoD) in a lot of ways is in the middle of it all.
Starting in 2021, the National Spectrum Consortium (NSC) launched working groups that serve as a collaborative platform between industry, academia, and government, to leverage expertise to inform national policy and commercial standards.
The Defense Department is slowly chipping away at 117 different tasks to implement the October 2020 Electromagnetic Spectrum Superiority Strategy.
The awards were made via an other transaction agreement (OTA) through the National Spectrum Consortium. DOD has increasingly used OTAs to rapidly buy and fund prototype development as well as fielding new technologies.
The National Spectrum Consortium has launched a new industry group to explore the use of mid-band spectrum available for commercial 5G with the Defense Department.
The contract, issued under DOD's Spectrum Access Research & Development Program through the National Spectrum Consortium, is worth up to $18 million over a three-year period.
Researchers at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) have set up 5G prototypes at Hill Air Force Base in northern Utah, with funding awarded by Advanced Technology International. According to Georgia Tech, the project is testing dynamic spectrum sharing to allow 5G networks and military radars to operate on the same spectrum band.
The military’s 5G initiatives were outlined by Sal D’Itri and Kurt Jacobs. D’Itri is the past chairman and a current member of the National Spectrum Consortium and is also VP and GM at Federated Wireless.
Shared Spectrum is working on the National Spectrum Consortium project ( NSC-20-2084 ), part of the DoD’s awards for 5G experimentation and testing. The goal of this project is to develop technologies for 5G-enabled dynamic spectrum sharing, which will provide more available spectrum for new system users, with minimal impact on legacy wireless systems.
DOD is also working with the National Spectrum Consortium, which has more than 400 member companies and academic institutions, to encourage industry participation in efforts to provide military and commercial access to electromagnetic spectrum for 5G-based technologies.