SUNNYVALE, CA–(Marketwired – Nov 15, 2017) – The Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA) and the CBRS Alliance have signed an agreement to cooperate closely in the advancement of the Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) spectrum band.
Under the new agreement, the organizations will work together to address technical challenges and business opportunities in the 3550-3700 MHz band.
Planned activities include collaboration on standards, testing, and certification of equipment; holding joint workshops and meetings; sharing roadmaps and planning schedules; and nominating members to sit on committees of mutual interest. The two groups aim to reduce redundant efforts, create better end products, and accelerate commercialization of the CBRS band.
“Members of WISPA and many other businesses and nonprofit organizations are making substantial investments in this band, and are strongly committed to further commercialization,” said WISPA President Chuck Hogg. “The FCC’s current policy framework is an excellent opportunity to bring state-of-the-art broadband services to unserved and under-served parts of America.”
“We will continue to work, as we have for years, to gain access to under-utilized spectrum bands and make them available for all kinds of operators and innovative uses,” Hogg added. “This agreement will help accelerate that process.”
“More than 50 companies from a broad range of wireless industry sectors have joined the CBRS band,” said Michael Peeters, president of the CBRS Alliance and head of innovation portfolio management at Nokia. “We’re looking forward to exploring ways to coordinate our common interests in the CBRS band and maximize cooperation on services offered both by members of the Alliance and WISPA.”