CBRS takes a step forward as NTIA completes testing

By Mike Dano


The NTIA said it finished its testing of the CBRS 3.5 GHz spectrum-sharing scheme – a key milestone as the spectrum nears commercial availability.

“Engineers at NTIA’s Institute for Telecommunication Sciences (ITS) have completed performance certification lab testing of Environmental Sensing Capability (ESC) equipment – the sensors that will help enable dynamic sharing in the 3.5 GHz band between U.S. Navy radars and Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) devices,” NTIA wrote in its blog.

Indded, the CBRS Alliance – an association of wireless companies looking to deploy LTE and other technologies into the 3.5 GHz band – acknowledged the work the government agency has put into its testing effort. “There’s been an unprecedented amount of collaboration to get us to where we are today,” Federated Wireless CTO Kurt Schaubach wrote on the CBRS Alliance’s website. “NTIA-ITS has shown itself to not only be extremely competent in evaluating SAS capabilities throughout the pre-test and testing process, but also to be an enormously dedicated team. We know for a fact that the testing team at NTIA-ITS was in the lab working through the Thanksgiving holiday – a testament to their dedication and partnership with the industry ecosystem.

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About CBRS Alliance

The CBRS Alliance believes that LTE-based solutions in the CBRS band, utilizing shared spectrum, can enable both in-building and outdoor coverage and capacity expansion at massive scale. In order to maximize CBRS’ full potential, the CBRS Alliance aims to enable a robust ecosystem towards making LTE-based CBRS solutions available. The mission of the CBRS Alliance is to evangelize LTE-based CBRS technology, use cases and business opportunities while simultaneously driving technology developments necessary to fulfill the mission, including multi-operator LTE capabilities. The Alliance will also establish an effective product certification program for LTE equipment in the US 3.5 GHz band ensuring multi-vendor interoperability.

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