Wireless Innovation Forum (WInnForum) announced today the approval of the first six test labs that will bear the “WInnForum CBRS Approved” logo for Citizen’s Broadband Radio Service Device (CBSD) testing for WInnForum standards compliance. They are as follows:
“WInnForum is excited to have approved the first six labs for CBSD testing,” said Lee Pucker, CEO of the WInnForum. “Approval of WInnForum standards certified test labs provides a significant step towards commercialization of the CBRS Band. These approvals are considered the first wave of WInnForum CBRS Approved test labs with more to follow.”
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will be certifying CBSDs against CFR 47 Part 96 using FCC Authorized Test Labs (https://apps.fcc.gov/oetcf/eas/reports/TestFirmSearch.cfm). Among other requirements, obtaining an FCC certification requires demonstrating that the CBSD meets the general and technical requirements for communicating with the Spectrum Access System (SAS).
The FCC has stated in the “Licensed Service Rules and Procedures” for Part 96 (https://apps.fcc.gov/oetcf/kdb/forms/FTSSearchResultPage.cfm?id=229297&switch=P) that conformance with the WInnForum SAS to CBSD Interface Specification (WINNF-TS-0016) as demonstrated by testing against the WInnForum CBSD Test Specification (WINNF-TS-0122) meets this criteria, with a caveat that the test lab is “recognized by WInnForum.”
Accordingly, the WInnForum is facilitating CBSD certification testing, against this test specification by approving FCC approved test labs to run the WInnForum CBSD tests. In December 2017, WInnForum selected CTIA to run the test lab approval program, additional information can be found here: https://www.cbrs.wirelessinnovation.org/cbsd-certification-program.
WInnForum supports the development and advancement of spectrum sharing technologies based on the three-tier architecture detailed in 3.5 GHz CBRS Band rules defined by the FCC. The Forum recently announced the completion of the full set of baseline standards required for WInnForum certification of CBRS equipment. This watershed event allows the finalization of CBRS products for official testing and sets the stage for the rollout of commercial CBRS networks. The WInnForum Baseline Standards can be found here: https://www.cbrs.wirelessinnovation.org.
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 www.WirelessInnovation.org. Forum projects are supported by platinum sponsors Motorola Solutions, Leonardo and Thales.
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