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GCF and 450MHz Alliance partner on interoperability

Steve Rogerson
May 6, 2020

The Global Certification Forum (GCF) and the 450MHz Alliance have signed a memorandum of understanding so global wireless carriers, equipment manufacturers, and IoT and M2M device makers can access a programme to increase confidence in interoperability in this spectrum.
The agreement will see a GCF certification initiative extend to users of the 450MHz band.
The 450MHz Alliance works with members to grow momentum across the 450MHz ecosystem, providing a simple entry for operators and manufacturers and unleashing the potential of the spectrum for cellular IoT applications on LTE networks. The extension of the GCF certification programme to 450MHz under the partnership will give stakeholders the benefit of connected reliability through the formalisation of compliance with requirements, as well as delivering significant cost efficiency.
The confidence in interoperability that a GCF certification programme delivers is particularly important for mission and business critical communications operating in this range.
“The evolution of the 380 to 512MHz spectrum towards LTE is expected to increase quickly, so there has never been a better time to introduce a certification programme and deliver confidence in interoperability to all our stakeholders,” said Igor Virker, managing director of the 450MHz Alliance. “By partnering with GCF as the globally recognised quality mark for this within the mobile and IoT industry, we can really help facilitate the successful sustained progress of the 450MHz ecosystem.”
The GCF was founded in 1999 and has more than 335 members. It defines the certification requirements for the mobile and IoT industry through collaboration with global organisations and independent standardisation committees. Members from major operators, device and IoT manufacturers, and the test industry work with their partners to provide device-network interoperability, reduction in testing costs and accelerated time to market.
The GCF certification ecosystem evolves to anticipate global market trends and deliver a range of certification programmes including 2G, 3G, 4G, 5G, IoT, OneM2M, module, C-IoT chipset, C-V2X, eSIM (RSP), Industry 4.0 and MCPTT services.
“Our collaboration with the 450MHz Alliance is a fitting addition to the GCF’s growing suite of certification that is helping to keep the world secure and reliably connected,” said Lars Nielsen, CEO of the GCF. “The 450MHz spectrum is gaining interest thanks to its suitability for M2M connectivity. The great work that the 450MHz Alliance is doing to grow and facilitate this will be enhanced with the introduction of a certification programme once all the formalities have been finalised.”
The 450MHz Alliance is an association that represents the interests of the 450MHz spectrum stakeholders. Members include traditional wireless industry companies such as wireless carriers and equipment manufacturers, as well as companies representing various vertical markets for M2M communications.