January 12, 2021 |BY LAUREN C. WILLIAMS | Source
“The Defense Department and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration announced they plan to issue a challenge to accelerate development of software and telecom technologies for an open 5G stack ecosystem in support of DOD missions.
According to a notice of inquiry posted by NTIA in the Federal Register, today’s open 5G stack community is diverse. Various organizations are working on different parts of the technology stack, and many implementations are custom built, which hinders interoperability.
For DOD, officials said the challenge supports its 5G Initiative to “accelerate the development of the open 5G stack ecosystem in support of Department of Defense missions.”
“Open 5G systems would greatly bolster the Department’s ability to deliver on its missions, and we look forward to exploring new and innovative opportunities for their development,” Acting Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering Michael Kratsios said in a statement announcing the notice.
This is the latest in a string of moves to hasten and broaden the Defense Department’s 5G capabilities. In November, DOD unveiled its second tranche of 5G testing sites that include military bases in Virginia, California and Hawaii. Requests for proposals for those sites are expected early this year. DOD also expressed interest in creating its own 5G network in September 2020.”
January 6, 2021 | National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA)|
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Z5G Editor’s Note:
The DoD, federal agencies, academia and the private sector are working together to “accelerate the development of the open 5G stack ecosystem in support of Department of Defense missions.” Regulatory systems and civilian oversight are urgently needed to monitor and reign in these powerful infrastructures.