CBRS Alliance, Small Cell Forum Partner to Spur Small Cell Deployment


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The CBRS Alliance and the Small Cell Forum are cooperating to advance use of the Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) spectrum band. Under the agreement, the organizations will work together on initiatives related to the wide-scale adoption of small cells, network densification, and the development, commercialization and adoption of OnGoTM-certified solutions for the 3.5 GHz band.

Identified areas of collaboration include, investigating multi-operator solutions in the 3.5 GHz band, defining indoor solution architectures for densification, and exploring the international opportunity for Spectrum Access System-coordinated shared spectrum. “As the industry shifts to focus on network densification, we expect that small cells will be a key driver for the adoption of 4G and 5G solutions in the 3.5 GHz band,” said CBRS Alliance Executive Director Alan Ewing.

According to recent forecasts by the Small Cell Forum, unlicensed and shared spectrum could account for up to 36 percent of small cell deployments by 2022. The CBRS Alliance is working closely with industry and government entities to facilitate the testing and certification of OnGo small cells, referred to in the specifications as Citizens Broadband Radio Service Devices (CBSDs). A number of vendors have demonstrated prototypes and conducted live trials of these small cells.

In conjunction, the Small Cell Forum continues to play a significant role in defining how small cells will behave in shared spectrum. Through this partnership, both organizations will be closely aligned on technical specification requirements and testing results of CBSDs, for both indoor and neutral host use cases.

February 18, 2019

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