Verizon, T-Mobile, Amazon Hint at CBRS 3.5GHz Ambitions

By Mike Dano

Excerpt:

As the CBRS space continues to inch toward commercial launches, executives from Verizon Communications and T-Mobile recently reaffirmed their interest in deploying services in the band. And for Verizon at least, the company is considering initially using the spectrum as a way to increase capacity and speed up services for users.

“It’s clearly another tool to help augment capacity,” Mike Haberman, VP of Verizon’s network engineering, told Light Reading recently. Haberman hinted that Verizon could use the unlicensed 3.5GHz Citizens Broadband Radio Service band in the same way it currently uses the unlicensed 5GHz band via Licensed Assisted Access (LAA).

“You can transmit more power with CBRS than you can with LAA. So it helps out from that perspective,” Haberman said. “The negative though is that you have to deal with the interference and everyone else using it.”

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