Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory Committee


This final interim report of Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory Committee (CSMAC) Working Group 4 (WG4) summarizes the preliminary activities of WG4. The topics covered include aspects of mobile communications and the experiences of the commercial systems in this arena.

The task set for WG4 was to identify (in a broad sense) opportunities for introducing more spectrally efficient technologies into Federal government systems that utilize the radio spectrum. The focus was on providing the Federal government with visibility into private sector experience in developing and deploying more spectrally efficient devices/systems.

It was an objective of this task to analyze major categories of Federal radio spectrum usage (e.g., point-to-point microwave and mobile communications systems) in especially important regions of the spectrnm and to forward to the full committee for its consideration possible opp01tunities for adoption of commercial techniques for improving such usage.

It was further understood that this task would require ongoing input from NTIA in tetms of major usage categories and, where national security and other considerations permit, an indication of the state-the-art of the equipment/systems that are deployed in each category. The committee recognized that the Federal government, including the DoD, is already taking important steps to develop and deploy more technically efficient systems.

Given the desire of the committee and NTIA for an early report on the deliberations of the full committee, it was understood that only a limited number of opportunities could be addressed in this initial effort.

This report is the sixth in a series of reports the Department of Commerce’s CSMAC submitted in 2007 and 2008, making recommendations on spectrum management to the Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information. The reports previous to this one are: (1) Transition of Federal Land Mobile Radio Systems to Increase Spectrum Efficiency; (2) Report on Operational Efficiency; (3) Definitions of Efficiency in Spectrum Use; (4) Streamlining Federal/non-Federal Spectrum Sharing; (5) Recommendations for Improving the Process for Identifying Spectrum for Future Reallocation or Sharing; and (7) Opportunities Relating to the Spectrum Sharing Test Bed.

Keywords: spectrum management

To request a reprint of this report, contact:

Ed Drocella, Chief,
Spectrum Engineering and Analysis Division
Office of Spectrum Management
National Telecommunications and Information Administration
(202) 482-1652

Disclaimer: Certain commercial equipment, components, and software may be identified in this report to specify adequately the technical aspects of the reported results. In no case does such identification imply recommendation or endorsement by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, nor does it imply that the equipment or software identified is necessarily the best available for the particular application or uses.

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