WISPA, CBRS Alliance Partner to Advance Commercialization of 3.5 GHz Band
Tuesday, November 21, 2017 | Comments

The Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA) and the CBRS Alliance signed an agreement to cooperate closely in the advancement of the Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) spectrum band.

Under the new agreement, the organizations will work together to address technical challenges and business opportunities in the 3.55 – 3.7 GHz band.

Planned activities include collaboration on standards, testing and certification of equipment; holding joint workshops and meetings; sharing road maps and planning schedules; and nominating members to sit on committees of mutual interest. The two groups aim to reduce redundant efforts, create better end products and accelerate commercialization of the CBRS band.

"Members of WISPA and many other businesses and nonprofit organizations are making substantial investments in this band and are strongly committed to further commercialization," said WISPA President Chuck Hogg. "The FCC's current policy framework is an excellent opportunity to bring state-of-the-art broadband services to unserved and underserved parts of America."

"More than 50 companies from a broad range of wireless industry sectors have joined the CBRS band," said Michael Peeters, president of the CBRS Alliance and head of innovation portfolio management at Nokia. "We're looking forward to exploring ways to coordinate our common interests in the CBRS band and maximize cooperation on services offered both by members of the Alliance and WISPA."

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