GCF Partners with 450 MHz Alliance on Mission-Critical IoT Interoperability
Thursday, April 30, 2020 | Comments

Global Certification Forum (GCF) and 450 MHz Alliance formalized a new partnership and signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that will see a GCF certification initiative extend to users of the 450 MHz band.

The new collaboration means that global wireless carriers, equipment manufacturers and other device manufacturers in the internet of things (IoT) and machine-to-machine (M2M) vertical markets can eventually have access to a program that provides a level of confidence in interoperability in this spectrum.

450 MHz Alliance works with members to grow momentum across the 450 MHz ecosystem, providing a simple entry for operators and manufacturers and unleashing the potential of the spectrum for cellular IoT applications on LTE networks. The extension of the GCF certification program to 450 MHz under the new joint partnership will give stakeholders the benefit of connected reliability through formal compliance with requirements, as well as delivering significant cost efficiency.

The confidence in interoperability that a GCF certification program delivers is particularly important for mission- and business-critical communications operating in the spectrum range, the organizations said in a statement.

“The evolution of the 380 MHz – 512 MHz spectrum towards LTE is expected to increase quickly, so there has never been a better time to introduce a certification program and deliver confidence in interoperability to all our stakeholders,” said Igor Virker, managing director at 450 MHz Alliance. “By partnering with GCF as the globally recognized quality mark for this within the mobile and IoT industry, we can really help facilitate the successful sustained progress of the 450 MHz ecosystem.”

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