First Commercial Announcements Demonstrate Demand for Shared Spectrum
Federated Wireless has signed two significant partners to it’s CINQ XP platform, which includes it’s Spectrum Access System (SAS) and Environmental Sensing Capability (ESC), before the solution has been certified. In the first shared spectrum commercial announcements, both made this month, Siemens and Telrad Networks will be using CINQ XP and partnering with us to further develop shared spectrum solutions specific to their markets. This demonstrates the substantial interest in and pent-up demand for dynamic shared spectrum services in the 3.5 GHz band.
Siemens, which supplies rugged wireless broadband solutions for harsh environment applications, will be using CINQ XP for its customers in the 3.55 – 3.7 GHz Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) frequency, in which it provides its WiMAX radio equipment. The partnership makes Siemens one of the first companies to use a SAS and ESC and, as part of the agreement, we will also jointly develop shared spectrum solutions for implementation in the many WiMAX radios currently deployed in mission critical networks.
Telrad Networks, a global provider of TD-LTE broadband solutions, has partnered with Federated Wireless to help current 3.65 GHz users protect their spectrum and access the additional 50 MHz recently made available, as well as help new parties access and utilize the spectrum. CINQ XP provides features designed specifically to support fixed wireless networks, and enables operator access to LTE with a reasonably priced entry point and immense scalability.
Efforts are currently underway for final certification and interoperability verification with the anticipated commercial availability of CINQ XP to come in 2017. In the meantime, Federated Wireless will be piloting its solution with other providers in the CBRS band. CINQ XP, built on a foundation of shared spectrum utilizing the SAS and ESC to dynamically allocate and manage spectrum resources, provides a range of shared spectrum services, enabling OEMs with the tools needed to operate wireless equipment on shared spectrum.
CINQ XP’s cloud-based platform provides for a seamless, scalable solution in the CBRS band. While providers will soon be required to use a SAS to manage spectrum resources, these early moves place Siemens, Telrad and Federated Wireless at the forefront of shared spectrum. They also affirm the CBRS model; this isn’t just an interesting spectrum experiment but rather a commercially viable way to allocate and manage spectrum.