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WiGRID 2016 at DistribuTECH Conference To Address 3.5GHz Band Challenges and Demands


Providing Up-to-Date Information on the FCC Activities, Spectrum Access System, and 3.65GHz & 4.9GHz Bands


CLACKAMAS, OR – January 13, 2016 – The WiMAX Forum® is proud to announce its annual WiGRID 2016, a pre-conference session at DistribuTECH on Monday, February 8 at 2:00PM in room W313 at Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, FL. Participation is free to all DistribuTECH attendees. The pre-conference session will highlight the opportunities, challenges, and short- and long-term strategies to foster a prosperous future for the WiGRID ecosystem, demonstrating how to leverage today’s occurrences to the industry’s advantage.

In the second year of upheaval with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) changing the rules in regards to commercial operations in the 3550-3650 MHz band, the WiMAX Forum and its Smart Energy Working Group (SEWG) have been closely monitoring and influencing the activities surrounding 3.5GHz band. On December 28, 2015, the WiMAX Forum submitted comments on grandfathered wireless protection zones to the FCC. Additionally, the WiMAX Forum has been participating in WinnForum’s Spectrum Access System (SAS) Committee to develop the SAS and influence how the rules are regulated for the band. WiGRID 2016 will conclude with discussions on the 3.65 GHz and 4.9GHz bands.

“The landscape of the 3550-3650 MHz band is evolving, and together as a group, we must capitalize on our influence to shape our desired outcome,” said Eugene Crozier, Wireless Specialist of Powertech Labs and Chair of SEWG.

An open SEWG meeting will follow, and participants are welcome to observe. Members will discuss the overall FCC/WinnForum strategy and 700MHz narrowband channel, which is a spectrum alternative.

“This is a crucial time for the Smart Energy community,” said Declan Byrne, President of the WiMAX Forum. “WiGRID 2016 will answer many questions and help utilities, operators, and vendors move forward successfully with their business so that this year is profitable and innovative.”

Registration is required to attend. For additional information and registration, please visit:

For any questions regarding WiGRID or the WiMAX Forum, please contact Alessandra Rocha at

About the WiMAX Forum

The WiMAX Forum is an industry-led, not-for-profit organization that certifies and promotes the compatibility and interoperability of broadband wireless products based upon IEEE Standard 802.16. The WiMAX Forum’s primary goal is to accelerate the adoption, deployment, and expansion of WiMAX, AeroMACS, and WiGRID technologies across the globe while facilitating roaming agreements, sharing best practices within our membership and certifying products. WiMAX Forum Certified® products are interoperable and support broadband fixed, nomadic, portable and mobile services. The WiMAX Forum works closely with service providers and regulators to ensure that WiMAX Forum Certified systems meet customer and government requirements. For more information, visit