Emissions – Vol. 3, No. 1

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Greetings from the Boston Software-Defined Radio User Group (SDR-Boston)! Here is your May 2016 edition of the Emissions monthly e-newsletter, which summarizes some the latest developments in software-defined radio technology from the New England area and around the world. If you have something to share with the rest of the SDR-Boston community, please drop us an email via sdr-boston-emissions@wpi.edu.

Upcoming Events

Last Chance to Register for  NEWSDR 2016!

This year’s New England Workshop on Software Defined Radio (NEWSDR 2016) will be hosted at Northeastern University during the evening of Thursday 2 June 2016 and on Friday 3 June 2016.  The event is generously sponsored by Mathworks, National Instruments/Ettus Research, MediaTek, and Analog Devices. Register now via the following Google Form.

Presenting at NEWSDR 2016

If you would like to give a 3-minute elevator pitch and a poster presentation at NEWSDR 2016, please complete the following Google Form.  Don’t Delay!!

Local News & Announcements

Interested in Posting an Announcement in Emissions?

Have something to share with the New England SDR community?  Hosting an upcoming SDR-related event or seminar somewhere in the region that is open to the public?  If so, let us know!  The SDR-Boston Emissions e-newsletter is sent out on a monthly basis, and it is a great way of informing the New England SDR community about the latest news, events, and activities focusing on SDR technology and applications. Best of all, it is free to post!  Email us at sdr-boston-emissions@wpi.edu with respect to including an announcement in an upcoming Emissions.

SDR News from Around the World

Ofcom accelerates the release of new wireless spectrum

Proposals to add two 80 MHz WiFi channels, and open up public sector airwaves for cellular, are more important than the O2/3UK row. Find out more by clicking here.

CTIA wants to oversee spectrum sharing in the 3.5 GHz band

CTIA said it wants to be a database administrator for the new Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) in the 3.5 GHz band, despite the association’s concerns about how the FCC’s new rules around the band might interfere with licensed operations in nearby bands. Find out more by clicking here.

Former Sprint CFO joins open spectrum startup

Former Sprint Corp. CFO Joseph Euteneuer is joining Colorado-based Rivada Networks as co-CEO. Rivada is a spectrum-sharing company — or wholesale-only wireless provider — that “allocates LTE network resources to wholesale buyers of wireless bandwidth,” according to a release. Its Open Access Market allows bidders to buy bandwidth in real time or in response to market demand to address the “urgent need to use wireless spectrum and networks more efficiently.” That’s because the demand for mobile data is growing at nearly 50 percent a year, according to its website. Find out more by clicking here.

LPTVs, FCC Square Off in Court

Attorneys for LPTV station owner Mako Communications and LPTV option owner FAB Telemedia told a federal court Thursday (May 5) that the FCC is trying to turn those stations’ acknowledged secondary status when it comes to interference issues into a blanket license to displace them in the spectrum auction. Find out more by clicking here.

Automakers push to protect spectrum for WiFi connected vehicles

Automakers, states and safety advocates are urging the White House not to open up a portion of the wireless spectrum currently set aside for vehicles with Wi-Fi technology.  The letter, signed by more than 50 car companies, puts the administration at the center of an ongoing battle between automakers and companies seeking to use a 5.9 GHz unlicensed spectrum band for wireless devices. Find out more by clicking here.

24-39 GHz Spectrum Availability And Roles In 5G

While a large amount of the spectrum that could be used for 5G networks is either already owned by wireless carriers or set to be auctioned off in the FCC’s incentive auction, a startling amount of spectrum in some of the bands that would be most useful for 5G development is still owned by the FCC for one reason or another. Find out more by clicking here.
4G LTE technology proving to be a blessing to African economies

By available estimates, Africa is sitting on around 5bn US Dollars worth of 4G spectrums and over the next 18 months, markets from Egypt to South Africa, Nigeria, Senegal and others will sell or seek to value a trove of frequencies that will pave the way for next generation digital services. Find out more by clicking here.


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