The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), the United Technologies Council (UTC), Equipment Manufacturers and A number of Major US Utilities Supporting 802.16s for Field Area Networks 

EPRI Introduction to new standard

  • On March 18th, 2016, Full Spectrum, along with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), the 802.16 working group and a number of major US utilities, achieved a major milestone towards a new standard for mission critical utility field area networks.

  • The IEEE 802 Executive Committee approved the Project Authorization Request (PAR) to amend the existing WiMAX standard (IEEE 802.16e) to support channel sizes between 100 kHz and 1.25 MHz.  This a modification to the current WiMAX standard which only allowed for channels sizes starting at 1.25 MHz and, in reality, was only commercially available in discrete channel sizes at 3 MHz and larger.

  • This amendment will allow for standards based inter-operable WiMAX equipment in multiple nationwide licensed VHF and UHF frequency bands including the Upper 700 MHz A Band, the 217 MHz and 219 MHz AMTS Bands, the 218 MHz IVDS bands, the 900 MHz NPCS bands and the legacy paging frequencies starting at 157 MHz, 454 MHz, 459 MHz and 931 MHz.  

  • Collectively, these frequencies represent up to 10 MHz of licensed spectrum that can be use for mission critical utility field area networks.  This is especially important given the burgeoning need to support the Private Internet of Things for Distribution Automation and Distributed Energy Resource management.

  • Full Spectrum commits to maintaining its leadership role in the development of this standard and to accelerate the acceptance of Field Area Networks.