NTIA Finalizes SAS Testing, FCC Approves ESCs for CBRS
Tuesday, May 07, 2019 | Comments

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) finalized its testing stage of five Spectrum Access System (SAS) vendors proposing to operate in the Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) spectrum at 3.5 GHz. The SAS manages parameters upon which CBRS systems will rely.

NTIA's Institute for Telecommunications Services (ITS) plans to submit the test reports to the FCC in June.

The FCC also approved the environmental sensing capabilities (ESCs) of CommScope, Federated Wireless and Google for use in the 3.5 GHz band. ESCs will be used to detect and communicate the presence of any incumbent federal radar transmissions within specified geographic areas to SASs to determine priority of CBRS operations.

Last month, FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly said the CBRS likely won’t happen before the second quarter of 2020.

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