Successful Demonstration of 5G Testbed for U.S. Department of Defense

A Smart Warehouse Technology prototype by Federated Wireless has reached high-speed downloads of 1.5 Gbps and a sub 15 msec latency using 380 MHz of spectrum in the 3.5 GHz and 37 GHz mm Wave shared DoD bands By DA Staff / 12 Aug 2021
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An industry team, led by Federated Wireless, has completed 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 Internet of Things (IoT) applications, such as warehouse robotics, and holographic, augmented and virtual reality applications, the initiative aims to modernize U.S. Marine Corps operations.

The Smart Warehouse Technology prototype reached high-speed downloads of 1.5 Gbps and a 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 developed the automated sharing framework for the 3.5 GHz Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) spectrum 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 in Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany, Georgia as a private 5G network and use up to 750 MHz of available shared spectrum bandwidth for higher performance.

“At the demonstration, we witnessed a simple fact, namely that the U.S lead innovation of shared spectrum and 5G can provide a leap ahead experience for the DoD and for U.S. businesses,” said Sal D’Itri, vice president and general manager, public sector for Federated Wireless. 

“We are excited to accelerate IoT modernization across the DoD and the commercial enterprise leveraging dual use, shared spectrum access as we deliver on the promise of 5G.”

Federated Wireless was selected as the prime on this DoD 5G-to-Next G Initiative (5GI) contract given its industry leadership in 5G and shared spectrum and the company enlisted partners AWS, Cisco, JMA, Vectrus, Peraton Labs and Capstone Partners for the deployment now underway.

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