Thursday, December 4th, 2014

Everything You Need to Know About the Wireless Spectrum

In the ever-evolving field of technology and wireless services, becoming acquainted with the wireless spectrum- what it is, and how it works- provides great insight into how a multitude of technologies we interact with everyday function and how Access Technologies in particular effectively delivers wireless technology systems.

All wireless signals travel the air via public radio frequencies commonly known as “the spectrum.” The name was derived from the fact that wireless signals can be sent on a range- a spectrum- of frequencies. Every device that uses wireless technology- smartphones, laptops, GPS, television, radios, and more- use a sliver of the spectrum over a designated region. This is referred to as a band. Designating different bands and frequencies ensures that all signals are clear and do not interfere with one another. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) allots frequencies to different businesses, and determines which frequencies can be used for which purposes.

The FCC doles out frequency on the spectrum through an auction system, which is only open to qualified bidders. With our partners, Access Technologies deals in wireless microwave frequencies from 100 MHz to 70 GHz, both licensed and unlicensed. Dealing in both lower and higher radio frequencies allows us to maximize our ability to project for our clients, and our skilled engineers can create, analyze, optimize, and monitor the health of any wireless system easily.

The wireless spectrum is a crucial point to educate yourself on, and enlist the help of experts in the deployment of systems reliant on it, because it is finite, and a slice is difficult to obtain. There are only so many available frequencies with which to broadcast in a given area, and the spectrum is the lifeblood of wireless industry. Last month the FCC held its latest auction for licenses to use spectrum under the designation of Advanced Wireless Service. For carriers, this was the first major auction since 2008, and made several high frequency bands available for the first time for public use.

Access Technologies works diligently to provide comprehensive networking channels to our clients, including, but not limited to, wireless services via radio frequency. We employ advanced tools to design systems that utilize a piece of the spectrum, managed by engineers with years of experience. If you have more questions about the logistics of wireless technology and the efficacy of the spectrum, give us a call to talk to an expert at (505) 938-3945.

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Access Technologies provides full spectrum IT + network monitoring, alerting and reporting services through NED - our exclusive management system.

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