Recording now available (slides)

Now that CBRS is in full commercial operation, a number of enhancements to the baseline specifications and new features have been identified to support the specific needs of the diverse market verticals utilizing CBRS ecosystem. Such features are always optional: if a feature is needed for your specific market, then you would implement that feature; if not, then you don’t.

To support this paradigm, the members of the Wireless Innovation Forum have adopted an à la-carte approach to the development of standards extending beyond the baseline required for FCC Certification. This webinar will explore this approach in some detail, looking at the capability exchange required between the CBSD and SAS to determine which enhanced features can be used, reviewing the various features defined to date and the protocols supporting those features, and looking at the test and certification requirements, including the CBRS Release 2 Self Testing Policy that was established to claim conformance with the CBRS Release 2 standards.

Agenda and Speakers:

Lee Pucker, CEO, Wireless Innovation Forum 


Richard Bernhardt, WISPA

Richard Bernhardt currently serves with the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA) as their National Spectrum Adviser.  He is also the chairman of the Spectrum Sharing Committee (SSC), Operations Working Group (WG5) for the Forum, serving also on the group's Steering Committee and chair of the marketing function. WInnForum's SSC is the principal standards development organization for the telecom and wireless industries Citizens Broadband Radio Network (CBRS). Mr. Bernhardt is also the co-chair of the Fixed Wireless Access task group of the Business Wireless Group of the CBRS Alliance and the liaison representative for WISPA.   Prior to these roles, he served as the Senior Director of Marketing and Communications for Streakwave Wireless Inc., a global wireless VAD for the wireless industry; and previously in a variety of senior roles in technology and start-up companies.  Mr. Bernhardt has also served since 2006 on the board of directors and as chair of the executive board of the humanitarian organization, Bangla Hope, an orphanage and school system for destitute and orphaned children in need, located in Bangladesh.  Mr. Bernhardt is married with one son.  He attended California Western School of Law in San Diego, CA and holds a Juris Doctorate degree as well as dual bachelor's degrees in communications and political science from the University of California, Davis.

Features Overview
Andrew Clegg, Google

Andrew Clegg is Spectrum Engineering Lead for Google. He is currently focused on shared spectrum opportunities in mid-band spectrum, among other things. He was previously program director for spectrum management at the U.S. National Science Foundation, where he was the creator of a $60 million research program to support enhanced access to the radio spectrum. Prior to NSF, he was lead member of technical staff for Cingular Wireless (now AT&T Mobility), a senior engineer at Comsearch, and a research scientist at the Naval Research Laboratory. He holds a PhD in radio astronomy from the University of Virginia. 

Protocols Supporting Features
Navin HathiramaniNokia

Navin Hathiramani is a Sr Standardization Specialist at Nokia where he heads Shared Spectrum Access strategy. He is currently focused on enabling access to more shared bands and maximizing the spectral efficiency of shared band frameworks. Navin has over 15 years of R&D and  standardization experience where he has played a key role in shaping key 3GPP features such as LTE-NR Dynamic Spectrum Sharing and  unlicensed access. He earned a Master’s Degree in Telecommunications Engineering with specialization in wireless telecommunications and electronics from the University of Malaga (Spain). 

Self-Testing Overview
Virgil Cimpu

Virgil Cimpu has over 20 years of experience in the telecommunication industry and he is currently part of the RAN architecture system team at Ericsson, focusing on shared spectrum access, including CBRS. He is involved in defining Ericsson’s CBRS strategy and product evolution, including 5G introduction in CBRS band. As an Ericsson delegate to the WInnForum and OnGo Alliance, Virgil has been one of the key contributors to the development of CBRS standards, and he has been recognized by the CBRS Alliance with the Distinguished Service Award.  

CBSD Self-Testing
Idan Raz

Idan Raz is leading the Inter-Operability activities of Airspan Networks radio products in the technologies of 4G-LTE and 5G-NR, which includes plugfests, multi-vendor ecosystems and technology standards compliance. He serves as Airspan Networks representative to WInnForum Spectrum Sharing working groups for CBRS.

SAS Self-Testing
Masoud Olfat
Federated Wireless

Dr. Masoud Olfat completed his PhD and post-doc studies in wireless communications at University of Maryland, College Park in 2003. He has more than 24 years of experience in managing multi-task teams in developing multimedia communication systems, signal processing, and mobile broadband wireless systems such as WiFi, WiMAX, LTE and 5G. As the Vice President of Technology Development in Federated Wireless, Dr. Olfat has been a key individual in the research and product development of CBRS Spectrum Sharing framework, as well as 6 GHz WiFi-6E development. He has chaired several activities in multi-company standard activities. He has also been involved in the development of the 5th Generation (5G) of mobile wireless technologies.