Wireless Innovation Forum and CBRS Alliance Join Forces to Establish an Ecosystem Focused on Commercializing the 3.5 GHz Citizen’s Broadband Radio Service Band

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Groups to collaborate in areas that overlap to benefit the overall ecosystem.

Wireless Innovation Forum
“The WInnForum has done some outstanding work to complete the necessary specifications to allow commercial CBRS deployments and to have a cooperation agreement with the CBRS Alliance, will maximize the potential of the CBRS spectrum.

The Wireless Innovation Forum (WInnForum) and CBRS Alliance announced today the signing of a mutually beneficial cooperation agreement aimed at establishing an ecosystem focused on commercializing the 3.5 GHz Citizen’s Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) Band.

Per the agreement, the groups will extend mutual invitations to provide input contributions and comments, possibly hold joint workshop and meetings, share their roadmaps and planning schedules and nominate observers to sit on committees that are applicable to their shared interests. Through these opportunities, the groups aim to reduce any duplication of work, create better end products by introducing additional ideas and insight, and more robustly advocate for and promote commercialization of the Band.

“Use of the CBRS spectrum is now rapidly progressing from trials towards commercial deployments planned for later this year,” said Al Jette, Head of North American Standards at Nokia, member of the WInnForum Board of Directors and co-chair of WInnForum Spectrum Sharing Committee Requirements working group. “The WInnForum has done some outstanding work to complete the necessary specifications to allow commercial CBRS deployments and to have a cooperation agreement with the CBRS Alliance, will maximize the potential of the CBRS spectrum.”

While the WInnForum addresses all aspects of standardization for CBRS entities as defined by FCC Part 96, including radio technology-agnostic aspects of CBRS operation and all aspects of three-tier spectrum management, incumbent protection, operations, and operational/communication security for CBRS, the CBRS Alliance focuses primarily on advocating the advancement of specifications, test, and certification efforts that support the deployment of LTE-based radio technologies in US 3.5 GHz CBRS bands. As such, the charters for the organizations are naturally complementary with the WInnForum addressing overall CBRS aspects and the CBRS Alliance promoting LTE-based solutions in the CBRS band.

“As we continue to progress toward making LTE-based CBRS solutions widely available, industry collaboration will be as important as technological innovation,” said Neville Meijers, VP Business Development, Qualcomm Technologies Inc., and chairman of the board for the CBRS Alliance. “Our partnership with the WinnForum is not only cohesive and complementary, it’s also an excellent means of enhancing efficiency as we work toward achieving increased coverage and capacity on a massive scale, utilizing shared spectrum.”

With international member organizations including radio manufacturers, their partners and suppliers, acquisition authorities, service providers, operators, standards bodies, researchers and regulatory agencies, the Wireless Innovation Forum provides a venue to advance wireless system and spectrum sharing technologies, to educate and influence decision makers at all levels of the wireless value chain, and to drive changes that will address emerging wireless communications requirements through the enhanced value, reduced total life cost of ownership and timely delivery of standardized families of products, technologies, and services.

To learn more about WInnForum committees and projects visit http://www.wirelessinnovation.org/projects-committees. To learn more about the CBRS Alliance visit https://www.cbrsalliance.org/.


About the Wireless Innovation Forum
Established in 1996 and supported by platinum sponsors Google, Motorola Solutions, Leonardo and Thales, 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 http://www.WirelessInnovation.org.

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. For more information, please visit http://www.cbrsalliance.org and follow CBRS Alliance on LinkedIn and Twitter.

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