Cradlepoint eyes CBRS spectrum to offer private LTE as an escape from Wi-Fi

By Linda Hardesty


Cradlepoint sees an opportunity to provide private LTE to enterprises by using the Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) spectrum. The company says its wireless routers can be used in conjunction with the CBRS spectrum to provide enterprises with a way to escape from Wi-Fi in use cases where Wi-Fi is not sufficient.

“It’s really about replacing Wi-Fi,” said Ken Hosac, VP of IoT strategy and business development at Cradlepoint. “A lot of enterprises are trying to use Wi-Fi in applications where it’s just not working.”

For example, he said one of the company’s large enterprise customers has a warehouse with 500 high-definition cameras. The company is currently managing the camera connectivity and data transfers with Wi-Fi, but it’s not working very well. It has considered using public LTE to handle the cameras, but that’s undesirable because “there’s no reason to boomerang that to a public network and back,” said Hosac. “And, it would be way too expensive anyway.”

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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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