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CommScope has been approved by WInnForum as a Certified Professional Installer (CPI) Training Program Administrator (TPA) for the Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS). The accreditation allows CommScope to offer training to installation professionals who want to attain CBRS CPI certification.

CLICK TO TWEET:  CBRS CPI training is now available. Rashid Bhatti explains how WInnForum approved CommScope as a training program administrator. 

FCC Part 96 rules require that applicable CBRS Devices (CBSDs) be professionally installed.  This requires a TPA to train CBSD installers and certify that they have sufficient knowledge to perform the installation pursuant to FCC rules. Both the TPA and the CPIs need oversight to ensure they are adhering to the rules. The FCC chartered WInnForum, an industry standards body, as the accrediting body overseeing the training programs and curriculum for CPI. It provides the criteria to certify a training program and maintains valid certification records of both the training program and the CPI. It also sets the review and discipline processes for CPIs.

CommScope, a leader in CBRS and a strong supporter of CBRS commercialization, is now an approved CPI TPA. This accreditation marks yet another milestone in CommScope’s vision to lead and assist in the growth of the CBRS ecosystem. We have the expertise and capabilities required to provide world-class training to any installation professional interested in becoming a CBRS CPI.

CommScope offers CPI training as a self-paced online course. The course material covers the entire CBRS ecosystem including terminology, concepts, CPI requirements and lots of practical advice on gathering accurate information. The course takes two to four hours to complete, depending on the level of familiarization with CBRS.  After completion, trainees are able to take an exam to test their knowledge and gain certification. Those who are interested in becoming CPIs can find more information by clicking here

CommScope is a leading provider of Spectrum Access System (SAS) and Environmental Sensing Capability (ESC) services for CBRS. CommScope’s SAS has completed certification testing by National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) Institute for Telecommunication Sciences (ITS) lab, alongside other first-wave SAS administrators. SAS Administrators are awaiting FCC approval to move to Initial Commercial Deployment.  On the ESC front, CommScope has recently received ESC certification from the FCC. The ESC sensor network deployment is well underway, with completion for the lower 48 US states planned within 2019..

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Rashid Bhatti

Rashid Bhatti is a business leader in the mobile wireless industry with over 20 years of experience in business development, strategy, and program management. Currently as part of Comsearch’s business development team, Rashid is playing a key role in the effort to launch CommScope's Spectrum Access System (SAS) and Environmental Sensing Capability (ESC) services. Prior to CommScope, Rashid has held various leadership positions in the wireless industry in business development, program management, marketing and sales operations. Rashid has a bachelor of science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland and a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University.

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