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By Kelly Hill, RCRWireless


CommScope and Google will be jointly developing, deploying and operating a coastal sensor network that is one of the key pieces for enabling operations in the shared Citizens Broadband Radio Service spectrum.

The Environmental Sensing Capability network is a network of sensors to be located along the U.S. coasts; it is required in order to detect the presence of ship-borne naval radar systems which are one of the protected incumbents in the tiered spectrum-sharing framework for CBRS. The Spectrum Access Systems which coordinate spectrum access among the three tiers of users must either use data from an ESC for  dynamic protection of incumbents, or use a methodology based on exclusion zones along the coasts.

“The ESC represents more than a check-the-box capability. To effectively manage spectrum, a SAS relies on accurate ESC notifications — that eliminate false positive readings — from a high-availability sensing network,” said Milo Medin, VP of wireless services at Google, in a statement.

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