SpectrumX leaders comment on spectrum coexistence challenges between 5G, aviation industries

By Christina Clark

Nick Laneman, center director of SpectrumX, the National Science Foundation Spectrum Innovation Center, and professor of electrical engineering at the University of Notre Dame; and William Webb, external advisory board member of SpectrumX and chief technology officer of Access Partnership, were consulted by Mitch Leslie on a recent paper in ScienceDirect.

The paper, entitled “U.S. Regulators clash over 5G rollout and aircraft safety,” focuses on the deployment of 5G technologies in new bands in the United States. Challenges have arisen among industries and their corresponding government regulatory agencies, including how to best utilize spectrum resources while preventing harmful interference to aircraft radio altimeters.

Within the article, Laneman commented, “As the FAA [Federal Aviation Administration], FCC [Federal Communications Commission], and wireless industry work out the optimal approach for 5G in this frequency band, they also need to think about how to solve the next dispute around spectrum allocation. It is very important that we take a collaborative, scientific, and data-driven approach so we can cut through the noise.”

Laneman and the SpectrumX team are committed to bringing together stakeholders from around the country who can innovate, collaborate, and contribute to maximizing the social benefit of the precious radio spectrum.

“The Center is composed of researchers, industry and government collaborators, advisors, and other stakeholders collaborating to discuss our findings and learning from one another to find solutions,” said Laneman “We want to continue these conversations with anyone interested in spectrum innovations, and I encourage anyone interested in learning more to reach out.”

The full ScienceDirect paper can be found here:  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eng.2022.06.002

About SpectrumX

SpectrumX is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) as part of its Spectrum Innovation Initiative, under grant number AST 21-32700. Its participating research institutions include the University at Albany, Agnes Scott College, Clemson University, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, Olin College of Engineering, MIT Haystack Observatory, Morehouse College, Morgan State University, New Mexico Tech, Northwestern University, Norfolk State University, New York University, University of Pittsburgh, Spelman College, Stanford University, Texas Tech University, University of California-Santa Cruz, University of California-Berkeley, University of California-Los Angeles, University of Colorado-Boulder, University of Notre Dame, University of the Virgin Islands, South Carolina State University, University of Puerto Rico – Mayagüez Campus, University of Texas at San Antonio, University of Virginia, the University of the West Indies, Virginia Diodes, Inc., and the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO).

To learn more about SpectrumX, please visit spectrumx.org.


Christina Clark, Research Communications Specialist
SpectrumX / Notre Dame Research / University of Notre Dame
cclark26@nd.edu / 574.631.2665