WInnForum Members Get FCC Approval for Operation in the 3.5 GHz CBRS Band

The Wireless Innovation Forum (WInnForum), a non-profit corporation dedicated to advancing technologies supporting the innovative utilization of spectrum and the development of wireless communications systems has announced that its members AmdocsCommScopeFederated Wireless, Google, and Sony have received FCC Spectrum Access Systems (SAS) approval to begin Initial Commercial Deployment (ICD) in the 3.5 GHz Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) band. This watershed event, which signifies that each organization has met lab testing requirements, marks the beginning of commercial operations within the band.

WInnForum’s Spectrum Sharing Committee (SSC) was specifically formed to develop the solutions and standards that will encourage rapid development of the CBRS ecosystem, protect incumbent operations, and benefit all potential stakeholders in the band. The SSC benefits from participation of a broad-based group that includes wireless carriers, network equipment manufacturers, potential SAS Administrators, federal government incumbents, satellite operators, existing 3650-3700 MHz band licensees, and other parties with interest in the 3.5 GHz band.

On the heels of the group’s release of the complete baseline standards package in January 2018, the WInnForum delivered test code to the government’s test lab, the Institute for Telecommunications Sciences (ITS), in May of that year. ITS completed its laboratory testing of the SAS operational models provided by the above SAS administrators in May of the current year.

This event marks the culmination of years of standards development and subsequent equipment development and testing.