The 5G era is coming soon. Although Apple has not yet developed network basebands and is not a telecom operator, they are actually very concerned about the development of this technology. Today, Apple said to the FCC that it is strongly recommended that the other party can freely open the ultra-high radio frequency spectrum to 5G technology and other possible future uses.
The FCC, as a regulatory body, has the authority to authorize radio frequency spectrum in the United States market. They allocate different frequency bands to different products or communication technologies. For example, some frequency bands are used for wireless television and broadcasting, and most of the frequency spectrum is allocated to 2G and 3G. With 4G networks, what the FCC is doing now is allocating the spectrum of 5G networks. In fact, the high-frequency spectrum has always been highly controversial. FFC has sought the use of the frequency band above 95GHz from the public and concluded that it is not suitable for wireless communication.
It is reported that Apple hopes to see frequencies in the 95GHz to 3000GHz range can be used openly, but it is still not licensed. Business Insider stated that Apple stated in its response to the consultation document that how to use the radio spectrum should be determined by the market rather than the government:
Apple recommends that the committee adopt this proposal. The goal is to encourage a series of innovative business models and engineering studies. The market forces can use these frequencies. Regulators should avoid restrictive rules because they limit the number of technologies that have emerged to limit US competitiveness. Historically, the United States has always been a leader in wireless innovation, and one of the important reasons is that they are willing to open up new spectrum, but this time the FCC has hesitated.
In terms of specific operations, Apple recommends that the FCC no longer continue the previous “licensed band” approach. In the past, US companies had to use a certain frequency band to pay the FCC a license fee, and Apple believes that the FCC should reserve some bands that do not receive authorization fees.
It is worth mentioning that Apple has a large number of 5G patents, and has already obtained the FCC permit to conduct 5G testing at specific locations in the office park. Looking at this news together with the recent news that Apple is developing its own baseband news on independent intellectual property rights, do you think that Apple is likely to enter the communications industry?