Qualcomm seeks FCC permission to conduct 3.5 GHz tests in California

By Monica Alleven, Published on FierceWirelessTech on May 30, 2016. Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM) is seeking permission from the FCC to conduct tests in the 3560-3650 MHz frequency range in California over the course of 12 months. Specifically, the intent is to operate the LTE downlink 24 hours per day, 7 days a week, according to the application. The testing, to be done in El Centro, California, would consist of up to five small cell base stations and up to 10 mobile devices that will operate in the areas of the small cell equipment. All equipment is prototype hardware controlled by Qualcomm or authorized individuals. [Read More]

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Wireless Infrastructure and Wi-Fi Practices and Policies: 
Building and Developing a Wireless Infrastructure
  • Understanding the relative roles of federal, state, and local governmental entities in the siting of wireless facilities
  • Federal statutes that govern the process of obtaining siting approval
  • How federal laws and FCC rules affect state and local zoning authority for personal wireless facilities: the FCC’s new small cell, DAS order
  • Complying with environmental and historic preservation requirements
    • National Environmental Policy Act
    • National Historic Preservation Act
    • Endangered Species Act
    • FCC Rules
  • Working with the FAA and FCC on antenna structure issues
    • Filing Antenna Structure Registration (“ASR”)
  • Best practices for filing the required forms (e.g., FCC Form 620 and FCC Form 621)
  • Shot clock: comprehending the timeline for tower siting requests
  • Practical examples of how the process works and associated business risks
  • Exploring the rules on 3.5 GHz and 3.6 GHz Citizens Broadband Radio Service
  • Case studies
    • Pole attachments
    • Benefits of using wireless to replace costly fiber digging
    • Deploying 3.65 GHz and unlicensed wireless networks in an urban setting
Understanding Wi-Fi Rules
  • Deploying and using Wi-Fi hotspots in multitenant environments and convention spaces: Restrictions on landlords and facilities owners
  • Comprehending the evolving role of Wi-Fi in wireless networks
  • Coexistence of LTE-U/LAA with Wi-Fi
    • Exploring the controversy over LTE-U impact on innovation
  • Examining the legal issues and challenges in siting of Wi-Fi facilities
  • Analyzing the potential ramifications of opening up the 5.9 GHz Band for Wi-Fi