After winning the approval of Kansas City last week, Google begins testing innovative 3.5GHz wireless speed over eight districts of Missouri that uses high-powered antennas on light poles and other structures.
It will become first large-scale test in the nation, following a framework of installation and testing created by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) a year ago signed off the Citizens Broadband Radio Service that gave green signal for using 3.5GHz spectrum and also allowing dynamic spectrum sharing too. Officials have tagged 3.5GHz spectrum as “Innovation Band”.
According to web sources, “The test could last up to 18 months and result in fast, short-range wireless connections to serve areas not reached by Google Fiber”. Prior to this, in 2012, “Google Fiber” was installed by Google in the Kansas City area, but won’t divulge and will stay tight-lipped over the discussion on how many subscribers it has.
Google’s latest wireless technology depends on dynamic spectrum sharing in which multiple parties share a given spectrum range. Google as well as for its customers, commercial potential for the 3.5GHz band is large. Logically, wireless speeds of up to 300Mbps could be supported compared to many 4G LTE average speeds of just 10Mbps to 20Mbps. After Google proved its use of the 3.5GHz range would not interfere with the military use of the spectrum range, as it is opened up for additional testing by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
While discussing about Google’s latest high-speed wireless experiment, Assistant City Manager Rick Usher stated, “If it’s successful, Kansas City will become the most wirelessly connected gigabit region to benefit from new advanced wireless services.”