Obama Pledges Spending Millions For 5G Research
United States President Barack Obama has pledged to spend hundreds of millions of dollars for the development of 5G mobile networks technology over the next decade.
Most of the funding is said to come from the National Science Foundation. Next year four “city-scale advanced wireless testing platforms” will be build up to allow private as well as public researchers to test the technology.
NSF will be spending $50 million for the program in next five years and another $350 million for workshops, fund prizes and international collaborations to develop devices, protocols and networks as well for the Internet of Things.
The research is to meet several challenges like restoring critical communications after a natural disaster, reducing latency and also how to reduce time for data to arrive.
For the self-driving cars it is said ultra-low latency networks are required to respond emergency need.
Obama’s announcement adds NSF will join several companies including Intel and T-Mobile to help reduce latency in 5G networks.
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is learned to be committing to 5G research too. It has plans of testing the platform in the new Spectrum Challenge component for building robotic vehicles.
Support has been pledged too from several tech companies including Samsung, Nokia, HTC, Intel, AT&T and Qualcomm.