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MOBILE NETWORKS OPERATORS

Mobile Network Densification

Mobile is a crucial foundation for productivity increases, product innovation, service growth and jobs. Yet, people are not as empowered as they could be because traditional spectrum licensing models are no match for ever increasing demand Mobile Network Operators are facing. Competition is fierce, and the more bandwidth you give your customers the more they consume. In dense urban areas outdoors and inside modern buildings of all sizes you need to provide high-quality 4G service. When spectrum becomes available for auction it comes at a high price. Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) – the 3.5 GHz innovation band – provides a new shared spectrum technology for strategically and cost-effectively adding wireless capacity to your network when and where needed.

CBRS offer 150 MHz of spectrum in the 3.5 GHz band. Spectrum is shared with Federal incumbents using a unique Spectrum Access System (SAS) mechanism. Mobile Operators can buy a Priority Access License at a cost expected to be far cheaper than exclusive licenses offered today, or can operate freely in the 80 MHz of spectrum set aside for General Access, delivering high quality LTE services.

The benefits are clear. Operators can quickly roll out network capacity for new indoor and outdoor LTE services while keeping customers on their network. Quality of Service remains high because this is an extension of their LTE network. Unlike Wi-Fi bands which are getting crowded, access is dynamically managed by the SAS so interference is kept to a minimum. Unlike DAS, which can be expensive and disruptive to deploy, CBRS deployment costs are on par with Wi-Fi. Using CBRS to extend the mobile wireless network with a high capacity, low cost LTE network that can be extended indoors offers a competitive advantage and could help gain share in the growing enterprise market segment.

 

CABLE OPERATORS

Network Densification

Expand your wireless network with LTE that you control
Cable Operators continue to search for new ways to reach their residential and business customers beyond the home or office. Broadband wireless strategies started with investment in Wi-Fi, a successful approach that led to the nationwide Cable Wi-Fi brand. MVNO relationships have been used to augment Wi-Fi services with cellular services.
While successful, both approaches have their limits. Wi-Fi uses unlicensed spectrum, which can become congested as more access points are deployed. MVNO relationships have proven to be challenging, and ultimately leave the Cable Operator dependent on a mobile network they don’t control. Now there is a technology available at the price point of Wi-Fi, with the quality of LTE. Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) – the 3.5 GHz innovation band – provides a new shared spectrum technology for cost-effectively deploying high-speed wireless broadband service.
The CBRS Advantage
CBRS offer 150 MHz of spectrum in the 3.5 GHz band. Spectrum is shared with Federal incumbents using a unique Spectrum Access System (SAS) mechanism. Cable Operators can buy a Priority Access License at a cost expected to be far cheaper than exclusive licenses offered today, or can operate freely in the 80 MHz of spectrum set aside for General Access, delivering high-quality LTE services.
The benefits are clear. Operators can cost-effectively add LTE to their millions of installed APs, offering coverage extension and capacity augmentation. This can be translated into higher quality of service for existing customers, and new revenue opportunities through premium enterprise service offerings. Shared spectrum makes the wireless MVNO business case more viable, reducing cost and dependency on the host MVNO. A hybrid mobile network combining Wi-Fi, shared spectrum, and an MVNO relationship could be a compelling wireless strategy. Spectrum sharing represents a faster, more flexible, and more economically viable wireless technology to efficiently and effectively deliver high-speed, low latency broadband.

 

WISP

Network Densification

Flexible, affordable spectrum to deliver fixed wireless broadband services

Broadband Wireless Access Providers (BWA) offer fixed wireless solutions to serve rural and suburban markets where fiber and cable solutions aren’t cost-effective. They continue to search for low-cost options to deliver high-speed broadband services in communities that are underserved today. CBRS offers a new opportunity for BWAs to invest in network upgrades that can expand the availability of reliable and affordable fixed broadband service. Many BWAs hold licenses in 3650-3700 MHz today, so that adding CBRS technology to their toolkit will simply require a software upgrade to equipment that is already deployed. Because of the low-cost model, BWAs using CBRS spectrum for fixed wireless broadband access can quickly receive an ROI, and can then re-invest into continuing to improve broadband access and help close the urban-rural digital divide.

CBRS offer 150 MHz of spectrum in the 3.5 GHz band (3550-3700 MHz). Spectrum is shared with Federal incumbents using a unique Spectrum Access System (SAS) mechanism. BWAs can buy a Priority Access License (PAL) for a specific geographic area at a cost expected to be far cheaper than exclusive licenses offered today, or can operate freely in the 80 MHz of spectrum set aside for General Access (GAA), delivering high-quality LTE services.

The benefits are clear. The ability to use LTE-based equipment and to increase spectrum capacity from small channels in 3650-3700 MHz to wider channels in 3550-3700 MHz on either a PAL or GAA basis without purchasing new network gear is driving substantial interest and investment. The CBRS rules include a provision for grandfathering interference protection for existing 3650-3700 MHz service licensees, which provides an added advantage for BWAs. With its good propagation characteristics and the promise of high spectral re-use combined with SAS interference management, the CBRS band offers an immediate opportunity for BWAs to provide rural America with affordable high-speed broadband services.

 

ENTERPRISE & VERTICALS

Private networks

Your company, your LTE network

Many Enterprises today suffer from a common problem – getting good cellular coverage inside their offices. The problem is underscored when businesses such as hotels, hospitals and malls need to provide quality coverage to their paying customers in addition to their employees. They have been dependent on mobile operators to provide good service, but the ROI for operators is not always evident, especially in smaller buildings. Enterprises turned to deploying their own Wi-Fi networks to satisfy the indoor data demand, but Wi-Fi is prone to interference as usage goes up, and has not proven to be a satisfactory replacement for high-quality LTE. CBRS offers a new opportunity for Enterprises to upgrade their communications networks, the networks that drive their business, with high-speed private LTE solutions that they can deploy themselves, at the cost and simplicity of Wi-Fi.

CBRS offer 150 MHz of spectrum in the 3.5 GHz band. Spectrum is shared with Federal incumbents using a unique Spectrum Access System (SAS) mechanism. Large enterprises can buy a Priority Access License (PAL) for a specific geographic area at a cost expected to be far cheaper than exclusive licenses offered today. This might be useful if the network is going to be used to run an Industrial IoT network for mining or energy management. The real value of CBRS for Enterprises is that 80 MHz of spectrum is set aside for General Access (GAA), where no license is needed to deliver high-quality LTE services.

The benefits are clear. The ability to own and operate their own high-speed LTE network means Enterprises can ensure that a reliable business-critical communications network is in place. CBRS can be used to reduce interference on the Wi-Fi network, or to run specific IoT services like cameras and door entry that require security and reliability. And for those business who have a public face, there is the additional advantage of running an operator-neutral network that will serve both employees and customers, whether they are guests, patients, tenants, shoppers or sports fans. Enterprises are just starting to discover what CBRS makes possible, and we are working with them to explore the best of the new ideas.