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DARPA Plans Fast Wireless Links For Remote Soldiers

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February 15, 2012
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Just last week, the Department of Defense (DOD) said it wanted to provide a better high-speed mobile communications signal in war zones by building fixed-mobility infrastructure in remote areas near forward-operating bases.

But that network won’t cover dismounted soldiers who travel out of its range to even more remote areas of the battlefield, which is why the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) also plans to develop a mobile backhaul network equivalent to a commercial 4G network to help them stay connected.

DARPA is ready to award $11.8 million to multiple recipients for phase one of its Mobile Hotspots program, which aims to create a scalable, mobile, millimeter-wave communications backbone to connect warfighters with bases, tactical operations centers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) assets, according to theannouncement.

 via InformationWeek Government, continued here.