Report highlights multi-stakeholder collaboration

The Wireless Innovation Forum (WInnForum) Spectrum Sharing Committee highlighted the group´s unique industry collaboration approach used to achieve the initial ten Baseline Standards for CBRS band in a report submitted to the FCC recently pursuant to the Public Notice for Comments on the Spectrum Pipeline Act of 2015 (https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DA-18-841A1.pdf), the company said.

As summarized in the report, in 2014, the WInnForum created a Spectrum Sharing Committee focused on implementing the US Federal Communications Commission´s regulations for three-tiered spectrum sharing in the 3550-3700 MHz band known as Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS).The Committee currently has broad participation from 63 organizational stakeholders including wireless operators, Spectrum Access System developers, equipment manufacturers, satellite operators, Wireless Internet Service Providers (WISPs), utilities, the US government, and others.

Participation in the multi-stakeholder process has included some 63 organizations and 336 participants. In February 2018 WInnForum announced the completion of the ten standards comprising the baseline specifications for commercial operations within the CBRS band. This watershed event has led to the finalization of CBRS products already in various levels of testing and set the stage for the rollout of commercial CBRS networks. Stakeholder organizations have invested more than 1,345 hours in standards development meetings. This accounts for more than 30,000 person-hours.

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.