FCC Approves 3.5 GHz Environmental Sensing Capability Deployment and Coverage Plans, Spectrum Access Systems Administrator Expansion and First-Stage Applications


The FCC’s Wireless Telecommunications Bureau (WTB) and the Office of Engineering and Technology (OET) (Bureaus) have taken three actions to expand access to the 3550-3650 MHz portion of the 3.5 Ghz band in Puerto Rico, Guam, and American Samoa for the first time.

Specifically, WTB and OET approved four operators’ new and updated Environmental Sensing Capability (ESC) sensor deployment and coverage plans – CommScope Inc, Google, Federated Wireless Inc, and Key Bridge Wireless LLC, clearing the way for commercial access to the 3550-3650 MHz portion of the Citizens Broadband Radio Service in Puerto Rico and Guam for the first time.

The Bureaus also approved Federated Wireless Inc. to expand its SAS operations to cover the 3550-3650 MHz portion of the 3.5 GHz band in American Samoa, enabling the first Citizens Broadband Radio Service deployments in that portion of the band in American Samoa.

Lastly, WTB and OET conditionally approved three entities that applied during the Second Wave SAS application window – Fairspectrum LLC, Nokia, and RED Technologies, completing the first phase of the two-stage SAS application review process established by the Commission.  The Bureaus note those three entities will continue to the next phase of the approval process before final approval.

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