LTE Unleashed: CBRS Opens New Opportunities

Fri, 07/17/2020 - 11:29

The Innovation Band – Opening the Door to New Solutions

In January of 2020, the FCC completed the result of years of work to provide a new range of unlicensed spectrum to operators in the US. The frequency band, from 3550 MHz to 3700 MHz, is an unlicensed band open to commercial operators for use in their applications. This band, the Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS), is often referred to by another name: the innovation band.

The reason for this is simple: new applications and development is happening in this space, addressing existing problems with exciting new approaches. The CBRS band is being used for the development of private LTE networks that take advantage of the performance of LTE, but with the do-it-yourself simplicity of Wi-Fi, and may optionally tie into existing carrier networks.

What this means is LTE installations that enjoy wide range, full private ownership, advanced LTE features like ultra-low latency, and all without the traditional requirement to utilize carrier access for the entirety of the chain of transmission. There is a place for CBRS to work alongside and complement existing technologies, serving unique use cases that set it apart in the wireless ecosystem.