Pentagon Selects US Bases to Host 5G Network Experiments

The US Department of Defense (DoD) has identified several US bases that will be test sites for the Pentagon’s wide-ranging effort to integrate 5G technologies into US armed forces facilities worldwide. Pentagon officials selected US Army Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state, Hill Air Force Base in Utah, Naval Base San Diego in California,...

The US Department of Defense (DoD) has identified several US bases that will be test sites for the Pentagon’s wide-ranging effort to integrate 5G technologies into US armed forces facilities worldwide.

Pentagon officials selected US Army Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state, Hill Air Force Base in Utah, Naval Base San Diego in California, and Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany in Georgia as the first four US bases to receive prototype platforms and software linked to the department’s 5G effort.

“The bases were selected for their ability to provide streamlined access to site spectrum bands, mature fibre and wireless infrastructure, access to key facilities, support for new or improved infrastructure requirements, and the ability to conduct controlled experimentation with dynamic spectrum sharing,” according to a 31 October DoD statement.

The facilities will likely be used for experimentation efforts linked to a draft request for proposals (RFP) to be issued by DoD leaders in November. The draft RFP looks to exploit emerging 5G capabilities for military use via “large-scale experimentation and prototyping” in several different areas, according to a 23 October Pentagon statement on the proposal’s pending release.

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