WInnForum 6 GHz Committee Presents:
6 GHz Below Decks

Thursday, 21 July, 8am PT/11 am ET - 9:30am PT/12:30 pm ET

The 6 GHz band has been getting much attention as of late and WInnForum members have been drafting specifications for developing, testing and certifying its Automated Frequency Coordination (AFC) system. Join us to learn about the current results of our work and gain a better understanding of the WInnForum’s suite of specifications and recommendations for the AFC ecosystem.

Webinar Agenda

  • AFC Functional Requirements: details on the functional requirements and necessary standards to enable test and certification procedures for a properly functioning AFC system in the 6 GHz band, Navin Hathiramani, Nokia
  • Propagation and Interference: details on the propagation models and related factors for calculating spectrum availability, Tom WillisAT&T
  • Data: specifications on data elements required to calculate spectrum availability and interacting with the FCC Universal Licensing System, Pete Young, CommScope
  • Protocols: technology-neutral protocols for AFC interfaces, Naotaka SatoSony
  • AFC Testing: approach to testing AFC systems including, Gap Analysis, Test Vectors, Test Harness and approval procedures for test labs for testing against WInnForum specifications, Masoud OlfatFederated Wireless
  • Future: WInnForum work and timelines, Mark GibsonCommScope

Featuring short presentations followed by panel Q&A.

About the Speakers

Lee Pucker, CEO, Wireless Innovation Forum 

Forum CEO Lee Pucker has more than 25 years experience in the development, management, marketing and production of embedded signal processing and advanced wireless systems in organizations that include Spectrum Signal Processing, ITT Industries, and Computer Sciences Corporation. Lee is the named inventor on multiple patents and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois, a Master of Science Degree from The Johns Hopkins University and is Pragmatic Marketing Certified.

 AFC Functional Requirements
Navin HathiramaniNokia

Navin Hathiramani is a Sr Standardization Specialist at Nokia where he heads Shared Spectrum Access strategy. He is currently focused on enabling access to more shared bands and maximizing the spectral efficiency of shared band frameworks. Navin has over 15 years of R&D and  standardization experience where he has played a key role in shaping key 3GPP features such as LTE-NR Dynamic Spectrum Sharing and  unlicensed access. He earned a Master’s Degree in Telecommunications Engineering with specialization in wireless telecommunications and electronics from the University of Malaga (Spain). 

Propagation and Interference
Tom WillisAT&T

Thomas Willis works in the area of microwave wireless communications at AT&T Laboratories in Middletown, NJ where he has been employed for the last 35 years. He holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering specializing in electromagnetics from the University of Michigan. Dr. Willis has served as the Chair of National Spectrum Management Association (NSMA) Working Group 2 on Over-the-Horizon Propagation Loss and is currently on the NSMA Board.  He is also on the Fixed Wireless Communications Coalition (FWCC) Board serving as Vice President. He is currently representing AT&T in the WinnForum 6 GHz effort and chairs the 6 GHz Interference Task Group.

Pete Young, CommScope

Peter Young is a Principal Engineer at Comsearch, a CommScope Company, and has 29 years of spectrum management experience.  He is currently responsible for managing the development of Comsearch’s 6 GHz AFC.  He is the chair of the 6 GHz Incumbent Information Task Group within the Wireless Innovation Forum and contributes regularly to the Functional Specifications Work Group. Peter has provided product management and software requirements for several spectrum management projects including Comsearch’s 3.7 GHz interference analysis tool, 70-90 GHz Link Registration System, 600 MHz repacking tool TVclear, TV White Space Database, microwave design tool, and incumbent relocation tool iQ.clearXG.  Peter assisted Nextel as a business analyst for its Frequency Analysis Program in support of their 800 MHz rebanding project. Peter has a B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering at Virginia Tech and has been granted a patent in wireless spectrum management.

Naotaka SatoSony

Naotaka Sato has more than 25 years of experience in wireless communication research, regulation, standardization, and industry activities. He is the project leader of Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) and 6 GHz Automated Frequency Coordination (AFC) developments in Sony Group Corporation and is the Secretary, Executive Board Director and 6 GHz Committee Protocols Work Group Chair in Wireless Innovation Forum. He has been engaged in development of CDMA cellular phone and research and development of RF systems for 3G cellular phone system. Since 2005, he has been working on cognitive radio systems. His research interests include Dynamic Spectrum Access (DSA) and RF system architecture. He has been contributing to 3GPP RAN1, ETSI TC RRS, IEEE 1900.6, IEEE 802.19, Wi-Fi Alliance, Wireless Innovation Forum and OnGo Alliance, and served Rapporteur in ETSI and Task Group Chair in IEEE. He received his B.E. and M.E. degree in electrical engineering from Tokyo University of Science, Japan.

AFC Testing
Masoud Olfat
Federated Wireless

Dr. Masoud Olfat completed his PhD and post-doc studies in wireless communications at University of Maryland, College Park in 2003. He has more than 24 years of experience in managing multi-task teams in developing multimedia communication systems, signal processing, and mobile broadband wireless systems such as WiFi, WiMAX, LTE and 5G. As the Vice President of Technology Development in Federated Wireless, Dr. Olfat has been a key individual in the research and product development of CBRS Spectrum Sharing framework, as well as 6 GHz WiFi-6E development. He has chaired several activities in multi-company standard activities. He has also been involved in the development of the 5th Generation (5G) of mobile wireless technologies. 

Mark Gibson

With almost 35 years of spectrum management experience, Mark Gibson is responsible for developing domestic and international business opportunities for Comsearch.  In addition to leading Comsearch’s technical and business development efforts numerous wireless and spectrum-related products and services, he has led efforts to address spectrum sharing between Federal government and commercial users.  He leads CommScope’s CBRS efforts on the Spectrum Access System/Environmental Sensing Capability.  He is on the board of the Wireless Innovation Forum and is a co-chair of the Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory Committee, where he has also co-chaired working groups related to spectrum sharing and data exchange issues.  He has led Comsearch’s spectrum management efforts including the development of spectrum sharing analysis protocols and sharing criteria, as well as development of Comsearch’s engineering services and software products.  He has led Comsearch’s efforts in working with the American Hospital Association as their technical partner for WMTS frequency coordination.  He has authored several papers on spectrum sharing and relocation and has advised numerous wireless participants in their system design.  He is a Senior Member of IEEE.