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Major Automotive, Wireless, and Tech stakeholders urge US FCC to allow C-V2X in the 5.9 GHz Band

Stakeholders from the automobile, wireless, and technology industries filed comments at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in support of the 5G Automotive Association’s waiver request seeking permission to deploy Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything (C-V2X) technology in a portion of the 5.9 GHz band.

C-V2X is a state-of-the-art, high-speed cellular communications platform that enables vehicles to communicate directly with one another, with roadside infrastructure, with other vulnerable road users (such as pedestrians and bicyclists), and with cellular networks to deliver safety, mobility, traffic efficiency, and environmental benefits. C-V2X is designed with an evolutionary path to 5G and ultimately will support the safe and efficient travel of autonomous vehicles.

Volkswagen Group of America Inc. said, “The 5GAA [waiver request] provides further proof that emerging technologies like C-V2X and 5G-V2X could provide additional benefits to the public good if allowed to share the 5.9 GHz [Intelligent Transportation System– Radio Service] spectrum.”

Jaguar Land Rover explained, “Allowing for C-V2X operations in a portion of the 5.9 GHz band will afford industry stakeholders the certainty necessary to increase investment and innovation in C-V2X. It also will level the playing field between C-V2X and DSRC, which will allow automobile manufacturers, and not regulators, to select the best V2X technology. Ultimately, this approach will ensure that consumers can enjoy the benefits provided by the best V2X technology available and that such technology is robustly deployed.”

Nokia Inc. said, “Nokia believes that the public interest would be served by establishing 5G as the communication technology of choice for Intelligent Transportation Service, starting with advanced LTE capabilities. Grant of the waiver will enable near-term deployment of cutting-edge C-V2X technologies and their substantial benefits.”

Qualcomm commented, “FCC grant of the [5GAA waiver request] will drive further innovation and investment in important C-V2X applications, ensuring American leadership in this modern ITS roadway communications technology that other countries are rapidly moving to deploy. The FCC should approve the 5GAA [waiver request] expeditiously because it is firmly in the public interest.”

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