ARLINGTON, Va. – The Wireless Infrastructure Association (WIA) published a new report: “The CBRS Opportunity: New Spectrum, Stakeholders, Networks and Devices.” Written by members of WIA’s Innovation and Technology Council, the paper highlights the benefits, impact, and opportunities for commercial-use shared spectrum of Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) for existing and new networks.
“The industry needs as much spectrum as
possible as quickly as possible to deploy next-generation wireless networks
across the nation,” said WIA President and CEO Jonathan Adelstein. “CBRS makes available
a large amount of mid-band spectrum enabled by the Federal Communications
Commission’s (FCC) unique sharing plan that will create a variety of new use
cases and applications for many industries. This paper offers an invaluable
resource for the many new and existing players that are considering the
opportunity that CBRS provides.”
The report states, “Even as 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.”
The CBRS band includes 150 MHz of spectrum in
the 3.5 GHz band (3550 MHz-3700 MHz) that will be available to both licensed
and lightly licensed users for applications ranging from industrial internet of
things (IoT) to fixed-wireless access and private LTE networks.
This whitepaper is authored by: Mark Gibson, Senior
Director, Business Development, CommScope; Rikin Thakker, Vice President of
Telecommunications and Spectrum Policy, MMTC, and Faculty at ECE Department,
University of Maryland; and Eric Toenjes, National Market Manager of Wireless
Solutions, Graybar. Federated Wireless also contributed to the report. Jim
Lockwood, Aero Solutions, and Joe Mullin, InSite Wireless, chair the ITC group,
which seeks to provide thought leadership on the future of the wireless
The report is available for download here.
March 23, 2020
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