WInnForum Completes 10 CBRS Standards
Thursday, February 01, 2018 | Comments

The Wireless Innovation Forum (WInnForum) announced the completion of the 10 standards comprising the baseline specifications for commercial operations within the 3.5 GHz Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) band. This allows the finalization of CBRS products already in various levels of testing and sets the stage for the rollout of commercial CBRS networks.

Now that the WInnForum baseline standards are complete, equipment and services targeted for use in the band can begin the certification processes, a statement said.

Last year, the FCC requested comment on changes to the rules governing the CBRS second service tier, known as priority access licenses (PAL), of the band’s three-tier framework. Current PAL rules are helpful to spectrum-strapped critical infrastructure industry (CII) entities, while large carriers had requested changes that would benefit them.

Several mission-critical communications entities filed comments with the FCC that rejected most proposed changes to the 3.5 GHz rules.

“Verizon’s pleased to see the WInnForum make timely progress in publishing CBRS protocol and test specifications,” said Ed Chan, chief technology architect and network planning. “These are critical steps in the testing of CBRS spectrum access system (SAS) systems, environmental sensing capability (ESC) systems, and citizens broadband radio service device (CBSD) devices and the eventual deployment of network infrastructure and consumer devices on this highly desirable CBRS spectrum.”

In a statement, FCC officials said the commission’s CBRS rules anticipated that a multi-stakeholder process would work to establish many of the details for the functioning of the required SAS and related matters.

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