Wireless Innovation Forum Releases List of First Six CBRS Approved Test Labs

first_imgThe Wireless Innovation Forum (WInnForum) has announced the names of first six test labs set to bear the “WInnForum CBRS Approved” logo for Citizen’s Broadband Radio Service Device (CBSD) testing for WInnForum standards compliance.The CBRS CBSD Standards approved labs are: According to Lee Pucker, CEO of the WInnForum, approval of WInnForum standards certified test labs provide a significant step towards commercialization of the CBRS Band and that these approvals are to be considered as 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. 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 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. 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. Bureau Veritas Consumer Products Services (Hong Kong) Ltd., Taoyuan Branch, Mobile Communications DEKRA Certification, Inc Nemko (multiple approved locations) Nokia Global Product Compliance Laboratory Sporton International Inc TUV SUD Canadalast_img read more

Writer’s Block: Six More Weeks

first_img Share By DINA ARÉVALOPort Isabel-South Padre [email protected] 5, 2015Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow this week. And right on cue, the sunny skies we saw over the weekend dimmed into memory as dull gray clouds scuttled overhead, ushered in by a chill breeze.If the plump, yet shy rodent is to be believed, we’ve got six more weeks of winter awaiting us still. And while his predictions prove correct less than half the time, today — this year — I think the little guy might be onto something. As I sit writing this column, I’m snuggled in a hooded sweatshirt. My feet are tucked into my boots, with hot pink and purple argyle-patterned socks stretching up to my knees. And I’m still cold!But, as I’m sure many of our Winter Texan readers can attest to, we’re pretty fortunate here in the Valley. The spotty showers and stout winds we’ve seen over the past few weeks are hardly an inconvenience compared to some of the things friends who live farther north have had to deal with recently.Here, we don’t have to worry about leaving our toasty beds an hour earlier than usual just so we can shovel a path through the snow from our driveways to the street. And while the salt in the air may leave a haze on the windows and windshields of our cars, we don’t have to worry about a salt-laden rime eating away at their undersides.Yup, we’ve got it good. The water may be too cold to go swimming in, but there’s nothing to prohibit a nice walk on the beach. And speaking of the beach, there, too, are we fortunate. I may be biased, but I think we’re home to the best beach in Texas.So, the chilly weather may be around for a little longer still, but it’s not such a bad thing. I actually relish the chance to wear all the whimsical long socks that are way too warm for any other time of the year. And soon enough we’ll be back at triple digit temperatures with the sun searing down relentlessly, longing for a day like today.It’s all about looking at the brighter side of things. Earlier this year I wrote about making New Year’s resolutions to become more physically fit. One other resolution idea people often overlook is to be more mentally positive.I may grumble in the mornings at the sudden rush of cool air when I push the blankets aside and try to shake the cobwebs of sleep from my mind, but there are things I love about this time of year, too. This is perfect “caldo weather,” as my mom would say. Also, though it may be too chilly for outdoor fun, a warm house is the perfect place for family to gather for a game of Lotería, or Mexican bingo. Sitting around a table with the tablas laid out in front of you, the room quickly fills with laughter and the weather is soon forgotten.Six more weeks of winter, says Phil? I say, bring it on!Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here. RelatedWriter’s Block: Adventure GardenBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press [email protected] Maybe it was the cold we experienced this winter. I love cold weather days, but in measured doses. Maybe it was the weeks upon weeks of fog. I love the fog, too. But, as with winter, fog is a treat I like to…March 30, 2018In “News”Writer’s Block: Fall EquinoxBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press [email protected] I saw a meme on Facebook recently. It said it’s fall in Texas and asked the reader if they knew what that meant. It then answered the question by saying “Absolutely nothing! It’s still 90 degrees out!” Boy, is that ever true. The…September 22, 2017In “Editor’s Column”Writer’s Block: Small ObservationsBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press [email protected] Sometimes I struggle with what to fill this space with every week. Kind of paradoxically, when your options are nearly limitless, you can suddenly find yourself at a loss for what to do. Having too many options can occasionally feel just as constricting…March 1, 2019In “Editor’s Column”last_img read more