WInnForum Committee Releases 6 GHz Interference Report
Thursday, December 19, 2019 | Comments

The Wireless Innovation Forum (WInnForum) announced the first technical report from its new 6 GHz Band Multi-Stakeholder Committee: WINNF-TR-1002-V1.0.0 “Propagation Models and Interference Protection Criteria for Sharing between the Fixed Service and Unlicensed Devices in the 6 GHz Band.”

The report provides information supporting sharing of the band between incumbent users and the new entrants into the band proposed by the FCC in a notice of proposed rulemaking (Docket 18-295). Many incumbent licensees, including public-safety and critical infrastructure industries (CII) users, are skeptical about sharing the 6 GHz band.

"WInnForum's 6 GHz Committee has accomplished the most important task for any co-existence analysis: Identify suitable protection criteria and propagation models used to predict compatibility," said Andrew Clegg of Google, WInnForum's chief technical officer. "It's important that these considerations get buy-in from all stakeholders in the band, and as the publication of this technical report demonstrates, WInnForum has proven to be a highly effective venue for facilitating such coordination and cooperation among a diverse range or participants."

“This report represents remarkable cooperation among the members of the WInnForum’s 6 GHz Multi-Stakeholder Committee to achieve consensus on recommendations regarding key elements of the automated frequency coordination (AFC) needed to protect incumbents,” said Mark Gibson of CommScope, committee chair. “I look forward to WInnForum’s ongoing work to help inform the framework of the AFC to help support the ecosystem of unlicensed devices.”

WInnForum’s newest committee conducts projects that focus on the technical aspects of spectrum sharing and advancing uses and increasing deployment speed of AFC systems. The committee is open to representatives of all member organizations, and trial memberships are available.

No public-safety or CII representatives were contributors, according to the “key contributors” page within the report. Download the report here.

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