CHICAGO, Oct. 9, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — ExteNet Systems, the largest private developer, owner and operator of Distributed Networks (DNS) enabling advanced mobile and broadband connectivity across urban and rural America, today announced its field trial of a FCC Part 96-ready, Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) LTE fixed wireless network with Inland Cellular, a wireless communications company serving southeastern Washington and north central Idaho. ExteNet initiated the field trial for Inland in September 2018 and commercial service rollout is currently targeted for early 2019.
ExteNet’s virtualized LTE Evolved Packet Core (EPC) solution, bundled with Nokia’s Radio Access Network (RAN) equipment, has served as the foundation for Inland’s 4G LTE service throughout its serving area since 2016. Inland is now leveraging its existing mobile infrastructure to conduct a field trial with ExteNet on the 3.5GHz CBRS spectrum. This new network will help Inland further improve its customer experience and meet ongoing demand for ubiquitous mobile connectivity and increased network capacity.
“At Inland Cellular we are constantly evaluating ways to advance our customer experience and provide our customer base with enhanced service offerings. Applying the CBRS use case to our existing infrastructure seemed like a natural progression for us. We are excited to work with ExteNet on this initial trial and eventual commercial CBRS service rollout for our customers,” said Nathan Weis, CEO of Inland Cellular.
ExteNet’s LTE service offering is an attractive alternative to more traditional fiber or coaxial fixed broadband solutions, especially in expansive geographies or smaller communities. The 3GPP-compliant platform can serve as the foundation for enhanced communication services including LTE mobility, roaming, voice over LTE (VoLTE) and wireless enterprise while providing broadband speeds to amplify user experience.
“For many rural service providers, finding a modern solution approach that is financially viable, operationally manageable and still carrier-grade, is a major challenge and often the barrier to rolling out the latest services,” said Jason Osborne, Vice President of Business Development and Strategic Initiatives for ExteNet Systems. “ExteNet’s FCC Part 96-ready CBRS network experience with regional service providers in states like California, Colorado and Georgia, has provided us a blueprint for CBRS success.”
Visit ExteNet at Booth #348 at WISPAPALOOZA 2018 from October 8-12 in Las Vegas at the Rio Hotel and Suites to view a demonstration of the fixed wireless solution and learn more about our FCC Part 96-ready CBRS solutions. Jason Osborne will be participating in a thought-leadership panel session on LTE based Fixed Wireless Solutions as an alternate approach to more traditional fixed broadband solutions on Wednesday, October 10, from 3-4 pm in Brasilia 1 at the venue.
About ExteNet Systems, Inc.
Lisle, Ill.-based ExteNet Systems, Inc. designs, builds, owns and operates communications infrastructure solutions, including distributed networks (DNS), for use by its customers across the United States. ExteNet’s customers include wireless carriers, broadband providers, property owners, enterprises, communities and IoT companies. Primary solutions include fiber, distributed antenna systems (DAS), remote radio heads (RRH), small cells, Wi-Fi and virtualized Evolved Packet Core (vEPC). ExteNet’s outdoor networks are deployed in a variety of urban, suburban and rural environments while indoor networks are typically deployed in property verticals like commercial office buildings, sports and entertainment venues, hotels and convention centers, healthcare facilities and transit systems. For more information, please visit www.extenetsystems.com.
“ExteNet” is a registered trademark of ExteNet Systems, Inc.
About Inland Cellular.
Inland Cellular is a locally operated rural cellular communications company that provides service in Southeastern Washington and North Central Idaho. We have been providing quality local cellular service since 1990. From the beginning, our goal has been to provide our customers with the friendliest, most complete customer service in the area while providing local cellular service that is second to none. For more information, please visit http://www.inlandcellular.com