6G SYMPOSIUM: US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman Ajit Pai (pictured) speculated the character of future cell networks and improvement of applied sciences together with blockchain might make his job out of date, noting 5G had already modified the regulator’s position.
Pai famous 6G “could be entirely virtualised” and unrecognisable from present networks comprised of “macro cell site towers intermittently dotting the landscape”.
He stated it’s “not inconceivable” a shift from bodily to completely virtualised infrastructure might get rid of the necessity for the FCC to supervise community building and spectrum allocation, suggesting blockchain might extra effectively handle a few of these duties.
“If you had a distributed ledger that was able to document” who had entry to spectrum and for what interval, “and everyone else necessarily recognises that because of the integrity of the blockchain, what role is there for a central regulator at that point?”
Pai stated the FCC’s position had “changed substantially” since his appointment as a Commissioner in 2012, with home battles over 5G spectrum allocation and efforts to harmonise international band assignments turning the job into “much more one of a negotiator or diplomat, as opposed to a straightforward regulator”.
The chairman tipped 5G to spice up competitors as spectrum sharing schemes allow extra firms to launch new providers, pointing to a latest 3.5GHz public sale which drew interest from the cable and utility sectors for example. He argued “incumbents are going to have to really think hard and compete hard in the 5G environment…they can’t just sit on their laurels”.
He highlighted early work on purposes spanning telehealth, distant studying and agriculture, concluding “5G will pop, but it’s too soon to say at this point exactly how, where or when”.