FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski joined PCAST members Eric Schmidt (Executive Chairman of Google) and Mark Gorenberg (a Managing Director of the software investment firm Hummer Winblad Venture Partners) at Stanford University. The Chairman announced that the FCC will, by the end of the year, initiate formal steps to implement the key recommendations of the PCAST report, including small cell use in the 3.5 GHz band. He continued to note that freeing up spectrum in this band will add 100 megahertz to the United States wireless broadband networks.
“We applaud the FCC and PCAST members’ support for implementing key spectrum sharing recommendations found in the report. We welcome the opportunity to apply our xMax cognitive radio innovations to the capacity challenges that many industries are facing when trying to grow their mobile broadband services,” said John Coleman, chief executive officer of xG. “We have designed and optimized our xMax cognitive radio solution for reliable operation in shared spectrum bands as envisioned in the report. We are also committed to demonstrating our technology to the FCC so that they can see how their bold initiatives in spectrum sharing can have an immediate impact on the looming spectrum shortage.”
“This announcement represents a breakthrough in the regulatory framework and thinking surrounding spectrum utilization that has been a long time coming,” said Jack Grubman, telecom and technology industry veteran and a Director of MBTH, the parent company of xG Technology. “The spectrum crisis is a serious issue facing all wireless network operators and will only become more pronounced with increased proliferation of smart wireless devices. Implementation of spectrum sharing is a big step in helping solve this problem. Innovative companies such as xG are creating commercial technology to make spectrum sharing a viable game-changer that the whole wireless ecosystem will benefit from.
The implementation of these spectrum sharing initiatives would create new opportunities for xG. The adoption of cognitive radio technologies like xMax could lead to a dramatic increase in spectrum efficiency, which was the overriding goal of the PCAST report. The new frequencies, along with xMax’s advanced mobile broadband capabilities, will help ensure that consumer, commercial and government users of wireless systems will have access to new wireless connectivity in time to meet growing demand. It would also provide new mobile operators, particularly those in rural and underserved markets, with an alternative to deploying systems that previously required dedicated licensed spectrum.
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