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FCC Announces 2 New Innovation Zones to Advance Research Efforts in 5G Technology and Open RAN


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The Federal Communications Commission has designated new innovation zones near Northeastern University in Boston and North Carolina State University in Raleigh to allow qualified licensees to conduct research and test the network open radio access, 5G technologies and other advanced wireless communications and networking platforms.

The Northeastern University Innovation Zone will further support the research community by moving the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s Colosseum network emulator to a shared platform, the FCC said Thursday.

The North Carolina State University Innovation Zone will host the Advanced Wireless Aerial Experimentation and Research Platform, which will address new use cases involving unmanned aerial systems and aircraft. wireless communications.

FCC already has two innovation zones in New York and Salt Lake City. The commission also announced the expansion of the New York City Innovation Zone or COSMOS with the addition of three campus zones at Columbia University and City College of New York. The COSMOS area will focus on low latency, ultra-high bandwidth wireless communications with tightly coupled state-of-the-art computing.

The Salt Lake City Innovation Zone, also known as POWDER, serves as a corridor connecting several areas of the University of Utah campus.

The Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research project office funded by the National Science Foundation oversees the innovation zones established by the commission. The designation will last for five years.

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