FCC Denies Waiver Request from Maritime Broadband Radio Manufacturer
Thursday, November 16, 2017 | Comments

The FCC denied a waiver request by Kongsberg Seatex to permit certification and use of a maritime broadband radio (MBR) in either the 5.46 – 5.66 GHz or 5.85 ¬– 5.925 GHz bands.

Kongsberg manufactures the MBR, which offers high-speed reliable data transfer between vessels and structures at sea. The maximum output power is 4 watts, and the maximum effective isotropic radiated power (EIRP) is 60 dBm. Kongsberg said that the MBR has been deployed in Canada, Europe, Asia and South America, with no incidents of interference, for uses such as hydrographic surveys and offshore oil and gas operations.

The FCC said there are ongoing studies at the commission to determine the compatibility of unlicensed national information infrastructure (U-NII) devices and dedicated short-range communications (DSRC), and it would be imprudent to authorize MBR operations in the band when issues of compatibility between U-NII devices and DSRC have yet to be resolved.

The commission said Kongsberg Seatex has not shown good cause for waiver of Parts 80 and 90 of its rules to permit equipment authorization and customer licensing for maritime broadband radio in the 5 GHz bands.

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