ISED seeks mmWave testing after report questions spectrum readiness

Originally published by The Wire Report
Author: Ahmad Hathout

Just over a year after a critical internal report raised questions about the technological readiness of millimetre wave frequencies in the wake of a government consultation on using the spectrum for 5G deployment, Innovation Canada on Monday launched a request for proposals to set up a test bed for the spectrum.

The department’s research and development agency, the Communications Research Centre (CRC), is seeking an mmWave testing platform that will operate in the mobile urban environment. It will have three goals: capture and analyze data in over-the-air transmissions, test and demonstrate 5G communications using the spectrum, and measure the radio channels, or “channel sounding,” for example in environments such as those with dense foliage.

The call for proposals was published on Public Works and Government Services Canada’s website on Monday. It asks the successful contractor to test the frequency band between 27.5 and 29.5 GHz, and gives the winning bidder the optional assignment of testing the 37-40 GHz frequencies. The winner will have a three-year window to complete the tests.

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