The Global Certification Forum (GCF), and the 450 MHz Alliance, have signed an MoU through which the GCF will now be able to certify products that operate in the 450 MHz band. The new collaboration means that global wireless carriers, equipment manufacturers and other device manufacturers in the IoT and machine-to-machine vertical markets can eventually have access to a program that provides a level of confidence in interoperability in this spectrum.
The 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 the formalisation of 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 this range.
As according to Igor Virker, Managing Director at 450 MHz Alliance, the evolution of the 380 MHz to 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. By partnering with GCF as the globally recognized quality mark for this within the mobile and IoT industry, the Alliance can really help facilitate the successful sustained progress of the 450 MHz ecosystem.