CommScope and Google
have received official notification from the Institute for Telecommunication
Sciences (ITS) that their shared Environmental Sensing Capability (ESC) system,
has passed testing to support Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS). ITS,
which is part of the
Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), is the official test lab that has been tasked with
confirming the performance of ESCs.
CLICK TO TWEET: CommScope and Google received notification from ITS their shared ESC system has passed testing to support CBRS.
increasing use of wireless devices and the emergence of 5G and the Internet of
Things (IoT) together drive the need for more wireless spectrum. CBRS was established by the FCC to allow
commercial users to share with the current incumbents, including federal
government radar systems. CBRS provides
150 MHz of spectrum in the 3.5 GHz band in the U.S. CBRS spectrum is managed by
Spectrum Access Systems (SASs) but will require an ESC network to detect
federal radar operations. The ESC will alert the SASs of federal radar
activity, and SASs will then reconfigure nearby CBRS devices to operate without
interfering with federal operations.
“Our ESC sensor
has passed all required testing for certification - demonstrating that we can
detect all current and future radar waveforms and our respective SASs can
protect incumbent users,” said Mat Varghese, Senior Product Manager, Wireless
Services, Google. “This is an important milestone and we are looking ahead
toward commercial operations in CBRS.”
“We are pleased
that our ESC sensor, as expected, has passed all testing from the lab and is on
track for the next phase,” said Mike Guerin, vice president of Integrated
Solutions, CommScope. “We look forward to initial commercial deployment and
working with customers and federal agencies to ensure success.”
CommScope/Google ESC network is currently being deployed and is expected to be
completed by the end of the year. CommScope and Google will each own and
operate independent SAS systems which will provide service using the jointly
operated ESC network.
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