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C Spire tests 5G technology for first time in Mississippi

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C Spire is holding the first test in Mississippi of a new, patented 5G technology that promises to revolutionize how ultra-fast fixed wireless service is deployed to consumers and businesses with unprecedented capacity and coverage at a fraction of the cost of traditional fiber optic cable.

FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr, who has been designated as the agency’s lead on wireless infrastructure deployment, is visiting the company’s Ridgeland, headquarters on Tuesday to witness the first in-state demonstration of Cohere Technologies’ new 5G turboConnectTM fixed wireless access solution and tour a wireless internet trial site in Pelahatchie.

Santa Clara, California-based Cohere Technologies developed the 5G turboConnect fixed wireless access solution, which is based on the company’s groundbreaking Orthogonal Time-Frequency and Space (OTFS) wireless modulation technology, to help broadband companies and wireless providers meet the growing demand for advanced services and the timely development of 5G standards.

The test, which is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m., will rely on sub-6GHz lower band spectrum – 3.65 GHz – which provides better 5G coverage inside buildings and in rural areas.  5G is expected to pave the way for wider adoption of the Internet of Things (IoT), self-driving cars, smart cities, artificial intelligence and robotics and broader deployment of technology-enabled telehealth and telemedicine applications.

With a variety of 5G technologies and massive deployment of new sites needed to meet the future technology demands of consumers, business, and industry, Carr will discuss with C Spire how streamlined permitting across all levels of government and efficient spectrum policy can help accelerate the availability of advanced broadband.

C Spire also is continuing to conduct 5G technology trials using high-band millimeter wave spectrum in the 28 GHz and 60 GHz ranges.

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