Cable, Mobile Prepping for CBRS – Analyst

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 2018Who’s Doing What in the CBRS Band?Federated Wireless Sets Plan for Massive CBRS Band Deployment and Proposed CBRS Rules Suit Cable’s Cause.)

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About CBRS Alliance

The CBRS Alliance believes that LTE-based solutions in the CBRS band, utilizing shared spectrum, can enable both in-building and outdoor coverage and capacity expansion at massive scale. In order to maximize CBRS’ full potential, the CBRS Alliance aims to enable a robust ecosystem towards making LTE-based CBRS solutions available. The mission of the CBRS Alliance is to evangelize LTE-based CBRS technology, use cases and business opportunities while simultaneously driving technology developments necessary to fulfill the mission, including multi-operator LTE capabilities. The Alliance will also establish an effective product certification program for LTE equipment in the US 3.5 GHz band ensuring multi-vendor interoperability.

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