WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Wireless Innovation Forum (WInnForum) announced today delivery of the Spectrum Access System certification test code for commercial operations within the 3.5 GHz Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) band to the National Telecommunication and Information Administration’s (NTIA) Institute for Telecommunication Sciences (ITS). ITS has been selected to perform testing for SAS certification by the FCC.
“The test code release marks a major milestone for the CBRS ecosystem and is the culmination of the WInnForum Spectrum Sharing Committee’s baseline CBRS standards,” said Kurt Schaubach, of Federated Wireless and co-chair of the Committee. “NTIA-ITS can now conduct its preparations for formal lab testing of Spectrum Access Systems which we expect will commence this summer.”
“This is an important step toward commercialization of the CBRS," said Preston Marshall, head of access for Google and co-chair of the Committee. “Through this process, the FCC and its government partners can ensure commercial deployment within the calendar year.”
The test code was developed in a deeply collaborative effort by engineers representing multiple stakeholder organizations over the last two years. It has been developed, verified and validated by the Forum’s Spectrum Sharing Committee (SSC) Test and Certification Working Group. Through this effort, these engineers maximized the use of common industry testing processes as much as possible, preserving the openness of the system while allowing for innovation and development of the subsystems in a healthy competitive ecosystem.
The Forum’s SSC serves as a common industry standards body to support the development and advancement of spectrum sharing technologies based on the three-tier architecture detailed in 3.5 GHz CBRS Band rules defined by the FCC. The Forum recently announced the completion of the full set of baseline specifications required for certification of CBRS equipment. This watershed event allows the finalization of CBRS products already in various levels of testing and sets the stage for the rollout of commercial CBRS networks. Specifications in the baseline standards package can be found here: https://www.cbrs.wirelessinnovation.org
About the Wireless Innovation Forum
Established in 1996, The Wireless Innovation Forum (SDR Forum Version 2.0) is a non-profit mutual benefit corporation dedicated to advocating for spectrum innovation, and advancing radio technologies that support essential or critical communications worldwide. Members bring a broad base of experience in Software Defined Radio (SDR), Cognitive Radio (CR) and Dynamic Spectrum Access (DSA) technologies in diverse markets and at all levels of the wireless value chain to address emerging wireless communications requirements. To learn more about The Wireless Innovation Forum, its meetings and membership benefits, visit www.WirelessInnovation.org. Forum projects are supported by platinum sponsors Motorola Solutions, Leonardo and Thales.