CBRS Commercial Deployments May Come This Year: CBRS Alliance Outlines Fast Moving Progress

By Joan Engebretson, Executive Editor, Telecompetitor


If someone were to make a project management PERT chart for the commercial deployment of wireless communications in the CBRS band, it would be a complex one, with numerous interrelated tasks. Nevertheless, the pieces seem to be falling into place for some CBRS commercial deployments soon, possibly as early as later this year.

Those were Telecompetitor’s key takeaways after talking last week to Dave Wright, president of the CBRS Alliance and a knowledgeable source about all things CBRS. The CBRS Alliance is a certification and marketing organization focused on using LTE technology in the CBRS band to support a range of use cases, including fixed and mobile service, neutral host (providing infrastructure for use by multiple network operators) and private LTE (enterprise networks based on LTE technology). The alliance also is responsible for the OnGo brand created for the CBRS band.

“One of the things we think is unique [about the CBRS band] is the variety of use cases,” commented Wright.

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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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