The Department of Defense has announced the selection of seven U.S. military bases that will accommodate 5G technology testing and experimentation activities.
The military installations for Tranche 2 bring the total number of bases selected to carry out 5G testing efforts to 12 and were chosen based on their ability to perform controlled experimentation with dynamic spectrum sharing and provide access to wireless infrastructure and site spectrum bands, DoD said Wednesday.
The four Tranche 1 bases selected in 2019 are Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington, Naval Base San Diego in California, Hill Air Force Base in Utah and Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany in Georgia.
The Tranche 2 installations are:
- Camp Pendleton in California
- Fort Hood in Texas
- Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii
- Joint Base San Antonio in Texas
- National Training Center at Fort Irwin in California
- Naval Base Norfolk in Virginia
- Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma
The military bases for the second round will focus on several areas, including shipwide/pier connectivity, aircraft mission readiness, wireless connectivity for tactical operations centers and forward operating bases and 5G core security experimentation network.
DoD also partnered with the U.S. Air Force Warfare Center in late May to establish a 5G network at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada.
The Pentagon said it will release in the coming weeks requests for proposals to allow industry partners to take part in the development of 5G tech prototypes.