The Federal Communication Commission’s auction of Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) priority access licenses(PALs) begins July 23. Auction 105 will offer seven 10-megahertz PAL licenses per county-based license area in the 3.55-3.65 GHz band. The large chunk of licensed spectrum will join 80 megahertz of general authorized access (GAA) spectrum in the band that is already available for commercial deployments on a dynamically shared basis.
CBRS is expected to spur innovation and opportunity for both traditional players and new entrants for applications ranging from rural broadband to fixed wireless access and private enterprise LTE communications to internet of things connectivity. As the auction unfolds, browse the many resources WIA and the HetNet Forum have compiled about the spectrum, the auction and the CBRS opportunity going forward.
Even as Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) spectrum will help U.S. cellular carriers better manage traffic on their networks, it also will enable many new entrants as neutral-host providers, cable and internet providers, and enterprises themselves seek to manage their own wireless devices and traffic. This report explores the CBRS spectrum opportunity as well as the impact on existing and new networks.
The CBRS Value Proposition – From Construction Site Communications Tool to Private Enterprise Network
Can a private wireless network be deployed to provide communications at a construction site and then be turned over to building owners and managers to provide operational and tenant connectivity? That possibility is one of the many use cases the enterprise market is exploring for Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) spectrum.
CBRS is coming to market during an interesting social and economic time for the United States, as the COVID-19 pandemic has both shined a light on the need for connectivity and changed the way indoor spaces are used for work, business and education.
Commercial deployments of Citizens Broadband Radio System (CBRS) networks are ramping up, and the technology is set to get an additional boost this month when the Federal Communications Commission auctions off Priority Access Licenses (PAL). Excitement is high, but what are the realities of deploying in the band and its potential for reaching underserved markets?
Grid modernization and digitization initiatives are driving opportunities in the mission-critical communications space for newly released Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) spectrum. Utilities, oil and gas companies, and other entities that operate mission-critical communications networks may be players in the upcoming CBRS auction or choose to tap into spectrum available on a lightly licensed basis to meet their communications needs.
Expectations are high for Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS). The so-called Innovation Band will open the doors for a variety of new and interesting applications from private LTE to industrial IoT, while testing a new spectrum-sharing framework. K.C. Halm and Heather Moelter, of Davis Wright Tremaine, and Mark Gibson, of CommScope, led a webinar hosted by WIA Feb. 20 that explored what is ahead for the dynamic CBRS space, including details of the CBRS band, how licenses will be auctioned by the FCC and what opportunities for spectrum acquisition may be presented by the anticipated secondary market for CBRS spectrum. To view a replay of the Webinar, click here.
Hospitality is just one vertical market that stands poised to benefit from the new spectrum becoming available in the Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) block. Hotels in particular have a variety of use cases available to them that may prompt them to consider setting up a private CBRS network as part of a heterogenous approach that also includes distributed antenna systems, small cells, Wi-Fi and macro towers.
Facebook’s Dan Rabinovitsj on the Company’s Connectivity Initiatives, Long-Haul Fiber Buildout and CBRS Potential
Facebook — the company that revolutionized the idea of being connected 15 years ago — is now focused on bringing more people around the world online to a faster internet. The company, which connects 1.56 billion active users daily to friends, family and community, is building partnerships through Facebook Connectivity to create higher-quality internet connections to empower people around the world to share knowledge and strengthen communities.
The FCC’s vision of making available spectrum on a shared basis is nearing commercial reality. The Citizens Broadband Radio Service band includes 150 megahertz of spectrum in the 3.5 GHz band that will be available to both licensed and lightly-licensed users for applications ranging from industrial IoT to fixed wireless access and private LTE networks.
The Federal Communications Commission is embarking on a novel spectrum-sharing regime as it prepares to roll out Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) spectrum in the 3.5 GHz band. K.C. Halm and Van Bloys, attorneys at Davis Wright Tremaine, detailed this spectrum-sharing plan and other rules recently put forth by the commission to govern use of the CBRS band in a webinar hosted by WIA last week.