April 14, 2017 —
Each year, the FCC’s Office of Engineering and Technology grants more than 2,000 experimental licenses to test services and technologies that many times become part of the wireless ecosystem. Currently experimental licenses are supporting work on the introduction of 5G. But the it sensed the need to reduce the barriers to obtaining those licenses.
The Commission has made the experimental licensing rules more flexible through new “program licenses,” to streamline the process for institutions that regularly file for experimental applications such as universities, R&D development companies, and medical institutions.
To make applying for a program license easier, the FCC has launched a web portal. The NYU Wireless center in New York University Tandon School of Engineering will test the new experimental license portal designed to make the application process more efficient. The new process promises to reduce the waiting time to 15-day turnaround on experimental license decisions in most cases.
NYU Wireless is an example of the type of institution the new experimental license rules were developed to help. It has played a leading role in proving the viability of mmWave spectrum, launching the first open-access mmWave channel simulator software (NYUSIM) with a complete statistical spatial channel model, which is based on the research group’s experiments showing the channel characteristics at mmWave frequencies.