DARPA neXt Generation Communications Program
In 2005, Shared Spectrum Company was awarded the prime contract to for Phase III of the neXt Generation Communications (XG) program funded by the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and managed by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). The XG Program is developing technology and system concepts for military radios to dynamically access spectrum in order to establish and maintain communications. The goal is to demonstrate the ability to access 10 times more spectrum with near-zero setup time; simplify RF spectrum planning, management and coordination; and automatically de-conflict operational spectrum usage. XG technology assesses the spectrum environment and dynamically uses spectrum across frequency, space and time. XG is designed to be successful in the face of jammers and without harmful interference to commercial, public service, and military communications systems. XG is transitioning to the Army to solve spectrum challenges in-theater.*
* Testimony of Dr. Anthony J. Tether, DARPA Director, Before the Terrorism, Unconventional Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee, House Committee on The Armed Services, March 21, 2007 , available at armedservices.house.gov/pdfs/TUTC032107/Tether_Testimony032107.pdf.
SSC Press Release:
- Shared Spectrum Company Successfully Demonstrates Next Generation (XG) Wireless Communications System,
AFRL Press Release:
- Air Force Research Laboratory Awards Contract to Shared Spectrum Company for Research to Dramatically Increase Radio Frequency Spectrum Access,
DARPA press releases: