Three Companies Approved as CBRS Training Program Administrators
Friday, May 24, 2019 | Comments

The Wireless Innovation Forum (WInnForum) announced that Commscope, Federated Wireless and Google have joined Nokia in being approved as certified professional installer (CPI) training program administrators for the Citizen’s Broadband Radio Service (CBRS).

As specified in WINNF-TS-0247, CPIs are responsible for ensuring that the installation data entered into the spectrum access system (SAS) for certain types of CBRS devices is accurate and the device is valid to register and request a spectrum grant to operate. Through this program, 20 plus professional installers have already been certified.

“Certification of professional installers is a critical element for the upcoming initial commercial deployment,” said Richard Bernhardt, chair of the WInnForum’s CBRS Operations Working Group. “Establishment of the certification program is one of the final steps toward a full launch of the CBRS band.”

In addition to approving the four CPI administrators, the WInnForum also approved Digicert, Insta and Kryio as certificate authorities. These organizations facilitate the implementation of the public key infrastructure (PKI) established by the WInnForum in the CBRS Communications Security Technical Specification (WINNF-TS-0065) and the CBRS Certificate Policy Specification (WINNF-TS-0022). This infrastructure is critical in ensuring the integrity of CBRS and protection of incumbents.

The forum has also approved 11 CBRS device test labs including Bureau Veritas Consumer Products Services, DEKRA Certification, Nemko, Nokia Global Product Compliance Laboratory, PCTEST Engineering Laboratory, Sporton International, Sporton International (USA), TUV SUD and UL Verification Services.

In order to be FCC certified to operate in the CBRS band, an equipment manufacturer must show that their CBRS device can communicate with a SAS and follow its directives per Part 96. The CBRS ecosystem has developing standards in the WInnForum supporting SAS-to-CBRS device communication. In addition, the WInnForum CBRS Test and Certification Task Group has developed a test specification and a test harness supporting that standard. Successful completion of the defined tests provides evidence of Part 96 compliance in this area. The WInnForum has approved these test labs, resulting in more than 20 certified CBRS devices to date.

“The members of the WInnForum have established these accreditation programs to support the common needs of the CBRS community,” said WInnForum CEO Lee Pucker.

These programs, when combined with the technology registration for air interfaces, measurements types and grouping parameters, extend the standards to provide complete support for commercialization.

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