WInnForum to Produce Spectrum-Sharing Report
Monday, May 07, 2018 | Comments

The Wireless Innovation Forum (WInnForum) approved a new project to produce a report focused on implementing spectrum-sharing frameworks outside the U.S. Citizen’s Broadband Radio Service (CBRS). The report will detail potential sharing bands, provide information on Spectrum Access Systems (SAS) and related technologies such as TV white space, and offer recommendations.

Motorola Solutions, Leonardo, Indra and Thales are supporting the project.

The three-tier approach to spectrum sharing using SAS is being established in the U.S. for the 3.5 GHz (CBRS) band. SAS are under development and being prepared for regulatory approval. WInnForum’s Spectrum Sharing Committee has been working to create standards and guidelines that describe SAS functionality across numerous domains.

Initiated by the WInnForum’s Advanced Technologies Committee and led by Mark Gibson of CommScope, the report will focus specifically on applications of the SAS concept to other bands. The report will discuss some of the business models for existing shared bands as well as possible bands in the future. It also will also discuss key performance indicators to evaluate the sharing arrangements in a band. The report will present the challenges and benefits of sharing in several bands while taking into consideration a number of factors including types of incumbents in the band, how the bands are used and the nature of usage. It will conclude with recommendations on follow-up actions.

“This project could be a game changer in that it offers spectrum policy makers worldwide new options for realizing the full economic potential of their radio spectrum by exploring the use of key 3.5 GHz U.S. CBRS concepts in different frequency bands and jurisdictions,” said Claude Bélisle, president of the WInnForum.

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