By Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, Light Reading
Jefferies & Company Inc. analyst George Notter put out a research note Tuesday stating that Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) spectrum 4G LTE networks are moving closer to commercial deployment in the US, with both mobile and cable operators.
“We understand there have already been a number of field trials and the FCC has processed registrations for 15,000 sites (a.k.a. entities) to date,” the note says. Commercial equipment supporting the 3.5GHz CBRS radios are expected to go online before the end of the year.
Initial deployments are expected to use the unlicensed portion of the 3.5GHz spectrum (80MHz). The 70MHz of licensed spectrum in the shared band is expected to be auctioned sometime in 2019. (See Unlicensed CBRS 4G Service Coming Q4 2018, Who’s Doing What in the CBRS Band?, Federated Wireless Sets Plan for Massive CBRS Band Deployment and Proposed CBRS Rules Suit Cable’s Cause.)