Amazon asked the FCC for approval to test networking software and mobile radio technology in the Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) band at its Sunnyvale, CA lab. Naval radar systems use the band now intermittently. Four years ago, the Commission began a process to open up the band (3550 to 3700 MHz in the 3.5 GHz band) for shared use.
Amazon seeks permission to conduct a six-month test to “determine whether to continue and expand its research” into CBRS applications at other locations, it says in its application. The company wants to begin testing on August 19.
The test would involve giving out up to 50 prototype mobile devices to participants and assessing device performance, as well as temporary base stations. Amazon says it, “does not propose to conduct market studies or provide communications services under the experimental authority.” The company also promises to act quickly if the tests interfere with other CBRS spectrum users.
August 12, 2019
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