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BRAN Summary

Chairman: Dr Guido Hiertz (Ericsson GmbH, Eurolab) 


In response to growing market demand for low-cost, high capacity radio links, ETSI established a standardization project for Broadband Radio Access Networks (BRAN) in the spring of 1997, which was turned into an ETSI Technical Committee later on. So ETSI TC BRAN is the successor of the former Sub-Technical Committee and since then ETSI TC BRAN produce standards and specifications for various Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) technologies in various frequency ranges. This includes ETSI Technical Reports for new spectrum demand (System Reference Documents), technical specifications, harmonized standards produced under standardization requests from the European Commission as well as conformance test specifications (radio and protocol testing).

ETSI TC BRAN have prepared and maintain, inter alia, harmonized standards for RLANs operating in the 5 GHz frequency band (EN 301 893), for Broadband Fixed Wireless Access (BFWA) using the 5,8 GHz band (EN 302 502), for White Space Devices (WSD) operating in the TV broadcast band (EN 301 598), for WAS/RLAN systems operating in the 60 GHz frequency band (EN 302 567) and for Broadband Direct Air-to-Ground Communications (EN 303 316 and EN 303 339). If new frequency bands are allocated to BWA communications then ETSI TC BRAN will most probably work on corresponding harmonized standards.