Working to meet the growing demand for wireless access to mobile data, CBRS pioneer Federated Wireless announced that it has completed the roll-out of the world’s first in-production environmental sensing capability (ESC) network.
This will enable initial commercial deployment (ICD) of CBRS services across the US, and follows closely on the heels of FCC certification of the Federated Wireless ESC received on April 29, 2019.
“Today’s announcement marks an historic milestone in the CBRS market, one that the entire industry has been working toward since 2012,” said Chris DePuy, founder and technology analyst at 650 Group. “The promise of CBRS is now a reality and will bring much-needed wireless performance and capacity increases to a broad range of users nationwide.”
Shared spectrum is a disruptive technology that delivers the best attributes of traditional wireless and Wi-Fi, with lower fixed cost, higher quality and greater efficiency and scale. The 150Mhz available in the 3.5Ghz CBRS band is approximately equivalent to that owned by the largest national wireless carriers and is divided into three tiers of service dedicated to:
- Incumbents (including the US Navy)
- Priority Access Licenses (PALs)
- General Authorized Access
The newly-completed Federated Wireless ESC network helps ensure that incumbent transmissions are interference-free, while the Federated Wireless Spectrum Controller dynamically allocates spectrum to users in all three tiers.
The ESC network is made up of dedicated, purpose-built sensors placed along US coastlines and designed to accurately and rapidly detect federal incumbent transmissions in the 3.5 GHz band. The Federated Wireless network is deployed with full redundancy, making it highly reliable and available.
Founded in 2012, Federated Wireless has long led the industry in development of shared spectrum CBRS capabilities, taking a lead role in the formation of the CBRS Alliance, being the first to complete testing of its ESC network and having multiple customers ready to deliver CBRS services using its SAS solution.
The company’s partner ecosystem includes more than 40 device manufacturers and edge partners, all of which are dedicated to collaboration to advance development and proliferation of CBRS services.
Federated Wireless’ customer base includes more than 25 companies spanning the telecommunications, energy, hospitality, education, retail, office space, municipal and residential verticals, with a wide range of use cases ranging from network densification and mobile offload to Private LTE and Industrial IoT.
The CBRS market is in a state of rapid and dynamic growth, with certification and full automation planned later this year and licensed CBRS spectrum expected to be made available in early 2020. Future developments are anticipated to include rapid CBRS device development and deployment, and expansion into the 6GHz band for unlicensed access to further expand national wireless capacity and throughput.
“I am extremely pleased with what we have been able to achieve in such a short time, and am eager to begin the next phase of CBRS service development and expansion,” said Iyad Tarazi, President and CEO of Federated Wireless.
“Our technological innovation over the past seven years has positioned us well to continue to lead this industry, while our expanding partner ecosystem and customer base ensure that we have the support we need to do so while continuing to address their most pressing business needs.”