CBRS Alliance Announces Inaugural OnGo™ 3.5 GHz Band Awards


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The CBRS Alliance will recognize outstanding commercial deployments of OnGo technology across the U.S. with the OnGo Awards at Connect (X) 2020 on May 18-20, at the Miami Convention Center in Florida. Submissions for the awards will open in Q1 2020. Entry will be open to both members and non-members of the CBRS Alliance. More information on the specific award categories and associated deadlines will be announced in the coming months.  

The OnGo Awards program is an initiative recognizing innovations in delivering OnGo solutions to real-world end users and highlighting the market impact of shared spectrum in the 3.5 GHz CBRS band. The awards aim to celebrate the breadth and variety of the OnGo ecosystem, ranging from device manufacturers to network operators to managed service providers, as well as the extensive industry and government collaboration required to make the CBRS band available for commercial use.

“Since the official launch of OnGo commercial service, dozens of companies have already made a strong statement about the value of OnGo private LTE networks based in the 3.5 GHz band in a variety of industries,” said CBRS Alliance Executive Director Alan Ewing. “More than 150 members of the CBRS Alliance – and the greater wireless market – are demonstrating that they are ready to deliver new services to their customers as well as augment existing networks. Demand will only continue to grow with 5G NR deployments in the band.”

The 2020 OnGo Awards will be judged by a panel comprised of industry analysts with distinct expertise within the OnGo market. The panel of judges is led by Joe Madden, Founder and Chief Analyst at Mobile Experts, a network of market and technology experts that analyze wireless markets. The full list of judges includes:

  • Gabriel Brown, Principal Analyst – Mobile Networks & 5G, Heavy Reading
  • Iain Gillott, Founder and President, iGR
  • Ken Rehbehn, Directing Analyst, Critical Communications, IHS Markit
  • Mark Lowenstein, Managing Director, Mobile Ecosystem
  • Monica Paolini, Principal, Senza Fili

 “Five years from now, we will look back at 2020 as a major turning point in the wireless market. This is the year that, with successful GAA operation and with PAL licenses, we expect to see a decided shift from operator-funded projects to enterprise-funded projects, and the monolithic smartphone market will start its shift to a more diverse world of connected things,” said Madden. “Despite a surge of OnGo deployments in 2019, we expect 160 percent growth in 2020, driven by a wide variety of companies in at least five different business models.” 

December 5, 2019

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