Our March guest is CTIA’s SVP of Spectrum, Umair Javed

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Date: March 27th, 2024 at 12:00pm ET

Umair Javed

CTIA’s Senior Vice President of Spectrum, Umair Javed joined Carolyn Brandon and Jennifer Fritzsche to discuss the newly introduced Spectrum Pipeline Act of 2024, the NSS Implementation Plan, the impact of the ongoing spectrum imbalance in the U.S., FCC auction authority, private networks and more. Some highlights:

  • The new Spectrum Pipeline Act of 2024 is a very important starting point for our country to become competitive again within the global spectrum arena. It provides strategic context and goal-setting for Congress to follow.
  • The bill calls for auctioning off 600 GHz of full-powered, commercial spectrum in the next three years.
  • When asked about the role of Wi-Fi as part of a wireless broadband solution, Umair quoted CSIS’s Clete Johnson saying, “Wi-Fi is the capillary and 5G is the artery but currently the arteries are clogged and unclogging them should be the focus for Congress.”
  • The definition of Dynamic Spectrum Sharing (DSS) can be found in this letter to the President from the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Council (NSTAC).
  • Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) has increased innovation and helped lower broadband prices which in turn is helping close the digital divide. 20% of fixed wireless users are first time broadband users.

Watch the full discussion on our YouTube channel below.

Little Nuggets of Tech and Telecom — A Lunch Series with Jen and Carolyn is a monthly lunch time discussion series featuring national, international, and local experts from business, law, policy, and economics. For 30 minutes each month, Jen and Carolyn will pose a “What If?” question to analyze different scenarios and factors impacting our sector as they and their guests challenge the status quo on hot topics like how to close the digital divide, the myths of spectrum sharing, and the emerging use cases for 5G that might drive a new wave of growth and innovation in the U.S.