Assessment of Compatibility Between Ultrawideband Systems and Global Positioning System Receivers
The study described in this report was undertaken by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) in response to a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) concerning the operation of a new class of spectrum-dependent devices, designated as ultrawideband (UWB) devices under the FCC’s rules and regulations in Part 15 of Title 47 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).1 This NPRM raises a number of questions and concerns regarding the electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) of the proposed UWB transmitting devices with those spectrum-dependent systems currently in operation. The NTIA, as the Executive Branch agency principally responsible for developing and articulating domestic and international telecommunications policy affecting Federal Government spectrum users, is particularly interested in the potential for interference to telecommunications infrastructure utilizing Federal Government spectrum for critical and/or safety-of-life functions, many of which operate in spectrum designated as the restricted frequency bands for that reason. Before UWB devices can operate in restricted frequency bands used by critical Federal Government radiocommunication systems, NTIA must examine the potential interference introduced from their proposed operations. The Global Positioning System (GPS) is an example of a critical radionavigation system that operates in several of the restricted frequency bands.