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Microwave Matters: Interference Concerns at 6 GHz and 12 GHz

Alan Tilles  (Chairman, Technology, Media & Communications Dept., Shulman Rogers)

Andrew Seybold  (CEO & Principal Consultant, Andrew Seybold, Inc.)

Mark Crosby  (President/CEO, Enterprise Wireless Alliance)

Richard Bernhardt  (National Spectrum Advisor, Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA))

Date: Thursday, September 30

Time: 4:00pm - 5:15pm

Track: LMR

Format: 75-Minute Short Course

Vault Recording: TBD

When people talk about wireless-communications reliability, there is a tendency to focus on the connection between the end-user device and the cell site/base station. While the “last mile” is critical, reliable backhaul is similarly important. For many public-safety systems, microwave technology plays a crucial role in delivery both primary and redundant connectivity in mission-critical networks. But microwave spectrum at 6 GHz and 12 GHz is being explored to also support other unlicensed and (possibly) licensed uses. Can a shared-spectrum arrangement work in these bands while maintaining the mission-critical standard for the microwave links? If so, how would it work? Our panelists will update the status of these regulatory debates and share their insights about what should be done.