National Science Foundation (NSF) to invest US$100 million on 5G

The National Science Foundation (NSF) will invest US$100 million over the next seven years to test next-generation network technology using millimeter-wave (mmWave) spectrum, software-defined radios, edge cloud, and advanced optical networking.

NSF has reached an important milestone in its Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research (PAWR) effort.

NSF is supporting the development and deployment of the first two PAWR research platforms, based in Salt Lake City and New York City. NSF is collaborating with an industry consortium of 28 networking companies and associations for the project.

These platforms are expected to power research motivated by real-world challenges on experimental, next generation wireless test beds at the scale of cities and communities. The goal is to advance the state of the art for wireless technology beyond today’s 4G, LTE and emerging 5G capabilities.

“The platforms announced today will enable cutting-edge research in living laboratories across the country, which is a new and important milestone for advancing wireless capabilities,” said Jim Kurose, head of the Computer and Information Science and Engineering directorate at NSF. “Innovative wireless networks, technology and applications are key to achieving the vision of future, smart communities.”

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