The National Science Foundation, NSF, www.nsf.gov, has awarded a four-year, $750,000 grant to NYU WIRELESS, nyuwireless.co/, and the NYU Stern School of Business, www.stern.nyu.edu, to evaluate the engineering and economic aspects of millimeter wave (mmWave) spectrum and resource management.
The mmWave bands are a promising new set of frequencies for next-generation cellular networks that offer orders of magnitude increased data rates relative to current 4G systems. The goal of the grant is to develop new technologies, economic models, and spectrum policy to realize the full potential of these relationships and how they can be better used for companies and the public market.
The mmWave spectrum has been the subject of high demand from consumers as they want something that will handle the popular mobile devices and be capable of taking a sufficient amount of data transmission. MmWave wireless technology is expected to support content at speeds exceeding 10 gigabits per second, which is a thousand times today’s current mobile phone download speed.
Most research done on mmWaves focused solely on the engineering aspect, where as this time the foundation reiterated that they wanted a much larger scale adding economic and business factors to the mix. This is evident by those who have come about to research. Rangan and Professor Elza Erkip, both faculty of the School of Engineering’s Electrical and Computer Engineering Dept. as well as part of the NYU WIRELESS research center, are experts in cellular systems and wireless communications technology in general and mmWave technology specifically. Nicholas Economides is a professor of economics at the NYU Stern School of Business and works in Internet and spectrum policy.
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