The ongoing government shutdown in the US could impact the rollout of 5G in the country, causing it to lose ground in the race to be a leader in next-generation networks. The partial shutdown is the longest in US history and has caused several departments and publicly-funded organisations to suspend operations. This includes the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which ran out of funding on January 3. Now the Telecoms Infrastructure Association (TIA), which represents manufacturers and suppliers, has warned that there is no body to approve 5G devices. Everything you need to know about 5G US 5G shutdown “The unavailability of this process will have a serious and negative impact on the approval of new connected devices that are designed to enable both 5G deployment and the full ecosystem of next generation technologies that 5G will support,” said Cinnamon Rogers, head of government affairs at the TIA. The body has argued that in future shutdowns the FCC should leave its equipment authorisation system open and review any decision made during that period within 30 days after full agency operations have resumed. However, the TIA has also used the shutdown as an opportunity to lobby for automatic certification and streamlined processes. “Other, more permanent solutions are also worth considering,” continued Rogers. “First, the FCC needs to complete a long-running equipment authorization proceeding that will likely remove some categories of devices that present limited risk from needing direct FCC approval. “Second, in the interest of streamlining the process generally, the… [Read full story]
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