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.
The CBRS Advantage
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.
Why Federated Wireless?
Federated Wireless is leading the wireless industry through the shared spectrum revolution, unlocking a spectrum of possibilities by eliminating the problem of spectrum scarcity. We offer the industry’s first spectrum controller, an end-to-end system that enables government and commercial users to securely share the same spectrum band without impacting the quality of service that your customers expect. Federated Wireless is removing the multi-billion dollar price tag associated with spectrum access, fostering the creation of new business models.