TIA warns US government shutdown could hinder 5G deployment

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The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) is today the last group to warn the public against the unintended consequences of the closure of the US government by President Donald Trump, which has already lasted 20 days. He indicated that the country can expect the deployment of 5G to be affected, largely due to the lack of funds from FCC and the suspension of its core services on January 3, 2019.

The closure "comes at a crucial time when the United States is competing to stay ahead of the world in the 5G race," said TIA Vice President of Government Affairs Cinnamon Rogers. If the companies can not obtain the required FCC approval, the new connected devices designed to enable the deployment of 5G and the entire Next Generation Technology ecosystem supported by 5G will have a serious and negative impact on approval. "

Trump's closure is based on one problem: his request for $ 5 billion in congressional funding for a border wall with Mexico. By refusing to sign credit bills, Trump has forced many agencies to suspend its services and deny the pay check to about 800,000 government employees, causing everything from airport security checks to damage. caused to national parks.

It is likely that the deployment of 5G will actually be affected by the shutdown, although such effects may not be readily recognizable. AT & T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint are at different stages of their 5G network deployments and each will be seeking FCC approval for the first 5G devices to be deployed soon. Relatively few products of this type, including several domestic modem and router components and a Netgear 5G access point, have already received FCC certification.

Rogers suggests that the FCC is preparing for future disruptions by leaving its equipment licensing system open during shutdowns, removing some categories of equipment from the requirement of approval. direct from the FCC and allowing more devices to be certified by trusted third – party testing labs. The agency has, for example, opened its key equipment search page to mark the closure, redirecting users to an explanation of its lack of funding, and the FCC commissioners canceled their CES travel plans, where they were asked to do so. to speak in front of panels and to meet key players in the sector. .

TIA represents more than 300 companies involved in communications networks, including chip, tower hardware, fiber optic cabling and related services providers. The 5G is only one of the many topics covered. However, next-generation cell technology is at the top of its list of short-term processing technologies.