Will Demand for Wireless Connectivity in the U.S. Outpace Supply? with Peter Rysavy

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Date: Wednesday May 25th, 2022 at 12:00pm ET

Peter Rysavy
Peter Rysavy, CEO Rysavy Research

The Chairwoman of the Federal Communications Commission recently told Congress that the agency has not identified sources of more exclusive-use spectrum that can be auctioned off and used to expand the capacity and reach of America’s wireless broadband networks. While there is little disagreement about the need for more exclusive-use spectrum, investors are getting nervous that there could be a multi-year delay before access to more spectrum actually happens.  

Carolyn and Jen discussed the current state of U.S. spectrum allocations for 5G and 6G, where the demand for more capacity is coming from in the U.S, and the near term opportunities for America’s wireless companies to stay ahead of their Chinese counterparts. 

Key takeaways from the discussion with guest RF network expert Peter Rysavy, CEO of Rysavy Research were:

  1. The U.S. needs an “all of the above” approach to making more spectrum available for 5G and 6G networks. 
  2. Sharing is not a complete solution, there needs to be more spectrum made available to increase capacity and reach of commercial wireless broadband networks.
  3. The CBRS experiment should not be exported to other spectrum bands.  It is a highly complex sharing solution uniquely suited for operation in a band with DoD radar.  

Mr. Rysavy’s slide deck Spectrum Sharing: The Basics is available for download.

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.