Sierra Wireless Has First CBRS Module Approved by FCC

By Don Jones, Mobile Editor, Light Reading

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Sierra Wireless had its first 3.5GHz CBRS module approved Tuesday by the FCC, enabling device manufacturers to make various devices (including laptop cards) to support the forthcoming LTE networks.

US operators are expected to turn on Citizens Band Radio Service (CBRS) infrastructure, some before the end of the year. Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC) got approval from Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for indoor and outdoor radio equipment in September. AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) and Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) are also readying CBRS rollouts. (See Who’s Doing What in the CBRS Band? and AT&T Picks Samsung, CommScope for CBRS Rollout.)

80MHz of unlicensed spectrum will be available for mobile and cable operators, enterprises and others to use, from the fourth quarter of 2018. 70MHz of licensed 3.5GHz is expected to auction in 2019.

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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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