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Wireless Innovation Forum Praises FCC for Bringing CBRS Ecosystem One Step Closer to Commercial Reality


Initial Commercial Deployment Proposal Request Builds on Work of
WInnForum Membership

At a Wireless
Innovation Forum
(WInnForum) Spectrum Sharing Committee meeting this
week, members praised the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC)
recent Public Notice requesting Spectrum Access System (SAS) Initial
Commercial Deployment (ICD) Proposals (

On the heels of its release of the complete baseline standards package
in February, the Forum announced the release of the first SAS test
harness (
in May. Shortly thereafter, the Institute of Telecommunication Sciences
(ITS) began verification and validation of the test harness using
several SAS operational models provided by individual SAS administrators
Federated Wireless, KeyBridge Global and Sony (NYSE:SNE)). In the
Notice, the FCC recognizes the work of the Forum members in
collaborating the Department of Defense (DoD), the National
Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and other CBRS
stakeholders throughout the review process for SAS certification.

"The FCC Public Notice of Initial Commercial Deployment in the 3.5 GHz
band is a fantastic example of the benefits that all sides gain from a
public/private partnership," said Kurt Schaubauch, CTO of Federated
Wireless and Co-Chair of the WInnForum's Spectrum Sharing Committee.
"The FCC understands the positive economic impact that the expedited
commercialization of shared spectrum will have, and we applaud them in
taking this important step in wireless innovation."

Once ITS has sufficiently tested the WInnForum-provided test harness,
ITS will conduct lab tests of individual SASs that choose to collaborate
with the ITS against the test harness. The resulting test report may be
submitted by the SAS provider. This process helps further the FCC's
efforts to ensure rapid deployment of new commercial wireless services
in the band.

"Forum members are very excited by the forward momentum this Notice
signifies," said Lee Pucker, CEO of the WInnForum. "Through the unique
and innovative collaboration among equipment manufacturers, incumbents,
operators, government and other stakeholders in the band, we are one
step closer to deployment. That's what we've all been working toward and
this Notice demonstrates the FCC's commitment to the same."

As stated in the Notice, the purpose of the ICD is to ensure SAS
operation compliance with Commission rules through testing in a variety
of real-world scenarios. ICD proposals must include at least a
description of how each SAS administrator's SAS will demonstrate several
required functions, all of which are outlined in the Forum's baseline
specifications package (

  • User registration
  • SAS-CBSD Communications
  • Professional Installation (see
    for additional information or to apply to become Program Administrator
    for a Certified Professional Installer Program)
  • SAS-SAS Interoperability
  • SAS Utilization of Commission Databases
  • DPA Protection
  • Incumbent Protection Implementation
  • Interference Reports and Mitigation

The ICD Notice provides a framework for early demonstration of the
viability of the Band. In actual deployments, the Commission will be
able to see a variety of submitted cases and evaluate in the field how
well the ecosystem performs. More information about the Forum's CBRS
activity is at

About the Wireless Innovation Forum

Established in 1996, The Wireless Innovation Forum (SDR Forum Version
2.0) is a non-profit mutual benefit corporation dedicated to advocating
for spectrum innovation, and advancing radio technologies that support
essential or critical communications worldwide. Members bring a broad
base of experience in Software Defined Radio (SDR), Cognitive Radio (CR)
and Dynamic Spectrum Access (DSA) technologies in diverse markets and at
all levels of the wireless value chain to address emerging wireless
communications requirements. To learn more about The Wireless Innovation
Forum, its meetings and membership benefits, visit
Forum projects are supported by platinum sponsors Motorola
, Leonardo
and Thales.

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