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Intel and Intelsat partner on plan to free up 5G airwaves

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Intel and satellite company Intelsat are joining forces to propose making airwaves used by satellites available for 5G wireless networks that are vital to the growing Internet of Things. They've filed their proposal with the FCC in response to the agency's request for ideas on using certain types of wireless spectrum for 5G.

Why it matters: 5G networks are the next frontier in wireless connectivity, especially with the rise of connected devices ranging from appliances to cars.