The National Spectrum Consortium (NSC) launched an industry group to collaborate with the U.S. Department of Defense to explore sharing solutions to make more mid-band spectrum available for commercial 5G wireless communications, specifically in 3.1–3.45 GHz frequency range, according to information from NSC. The industry group, called the Partnering to Advance Trusted and Holistic Spectrum Solutions (PATHSS) Task Group, is intended to provide a forum for industry and the Defense Department to exchange sensitive and classified information on current and projected military and commercial requirements in the frequency band, NSC said. It said the group would identify and develop examples of uses based on a shared understanding of federal and commercial needs.
Lizy Paul, NSC chair, called the collaboration the first of its kind between industry and government to create a new model to drive spectrum sharing outcomes.
“PATHSS is explicitly designed to foster trust among stakeholders and provide the forum required to develop a shared understanding of varying technology and policy needs,” Paul said. “PATHSS will ensure that future spectrum decisions will result in realistic, collaborative spectrum sharing implementations.”
Brian Regan, chair of the PATHSS Task Group and NSC’s treasurer, said that the group would make American innovators’ jobs easier.
“PATHSS will generate important insights informing 5G development and network vibrancy, and for essential solutions that will give our warfighters the edge they may need,” Regan said. “It is an elegant collaboration that will keep the United States on the leading edge of spectrum-based technology development.”
PATTHS discussions will be open to any NSC member or approved member of the U.S. government, NSC said. It said that a subset of the group, drawn from a wide range of stakeholders, would be given access to classified information to provide broad insight into Defense Department needs.
NSC’s website, www.nationalspectrumconsortium.org/working-groups, explains how to join the group.
According to NSC, it is a research and development organization that incubates new technologies to revolutionize the way in which spectrum is used. NSC said that its technologists, engineers, scientists, manufacturers and program managers work with their counterparts in government to solve problems with spectrum and spectrum-enabled technologies, with the intent of providing the Defense Department and other customers with spectrum superiority.