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National Advanced Spectrum and Communications Test Network (NASCTN)

The National Advanced Spectrum and Communications Test Network (NASCTN) is a multi-agency chartered partnership that organizes a national network of Federal, academic, and commercial test facilities. It provides testing, modeling and analysis necessary to develop and deploy spectrum-sharing technologies and inform future spectrum policy and regulations. Members include DoD, NIST, NTIA, NOAA, NSF and NASA. NASCTN is hosted within CTL at NIST.

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The National Advanced Spectrum and Communications Test Network (NASCTN) provides a neutral forum for addressing spectrum-sharing challenges in an effort to accelerate the deployment of wireless technologies among commercial and federal users. NASCTN was created in 2015 and is a joint effort among the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), the United States Department of Defense (DOD), the National Aeronautical and Space Administration (NASA), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).


NASCTN's mission is to provide robust test processes and validated measurement data necessary to develop, evaluate and deploy spectrum sharing technologies that can increase access to the spectrum by both Federal agencies and non-federal spectrum users.

  • Developing test plans with independent technical experts
  • Identifying and facilitating access to the appropriate test facilities
  • Providing oversight so that tests are performed according to the test plan
  • Validating test results and developing detailed test results and methodology
  • Protecting proprietary, classified and sensitive information

To submit a request for a test and execution plan for a Spectrum Sharing Measurement Project, please complete the NASCTN spectrum sharing test request submission form and send it to the NASCTN Program Manager, Melissa Midzor.

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