WASHINGTON, DC The Wireless Communications Association International (WCAI) has launched an industry-led effort to unlock the potential of the 3.65-GHz band by addressing its remaining regulatory and technical challenges. Specifically, the association formed the 3.65-GHz Working Group to develop a synchronization protocol in the band, which will promote coordination and mitigate harmful interference among operators. The working group also is tasked with promoting coordination between suppliers and operators and addressing regulatory issues within the band.

The 3.65-GHz band presents a unique opportunity for operators in the US to expand their coverage to new markets and improve the economics and performance of their networks. Over 1100 operators nationwide have applied for or received a license to operate in these lightly licensed frequencies since they were made available by the FCC in 2005. However, the band has still not reached a critical mass of deployment and harbors significant potential for growth.

"The establishment of a 3.65-GHz Working Group within WCAI represents a significant step forward for those using the band to deliver wireless-broadband services," says WCAI Counsel Paul Sinderbrand of Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP. "Whether working with industry to develop best practices that can be implemented without the need for new FCC rules, or working with the FCC to develop new rules where necessary, WCAI has a track record of unleashing the value in wireless broadband spectrum to the benefit of operators, equipment vendors, and the public. WCAI was actively involved when the current rules governing the band were adopted, and the 3.65-GHz working group will continue WCAI's role in the growth of the band as a vehicle for wirelessbroadband distribution."