Federated Wireless Announces 3.5 GHz CBRS Network Support


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Federated Wireless Tuesday said it will begin initial commercial deployment of its services to more than 20 customers in both urban and rural markets across 36 states immediately upon FCC public notice of approval. In combination with the series C funding announced on September 4, Federated Wireless says this puts the company at the forefront of shared spectrum market development. The CBRS market is in a state of rapid and dynamic growth, with certification and full automation anticipated by EOY 2019 and licensed CBRS spectrum expected in mid-2020.

“Customers from all areas of business across the U.S. will begin to reap the benefits of the higher throughput, improved availability and low barrier-to-entry for high-performance CBRS services made available through shared spectrum in the 3.5GHz range,” said Federated Wireless CEO Iyad Tarazi. “We applaud the FCC for its leadership in opening this spectrum for general shared use and its stewardship in bringing the industry and all of its various players to this critical juncture. CBRS will be a huge boon to innovation and help to accelerate new business models.” 

CBRS is a wireless technology that delivers the best attributes of traditional wireless and WiFi, with lower fixed costs, higher quality and greater efficiency and scale. The 150 MHz available in the 3.5 GHz 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 U.S. Navy, who use the spectrum for ship-to-ship and ship-to-shore communications as well as defense system management
  • Priority Access Licenses, which will be used to expand national carrier network capacity
  • General Authorized Access, which is available to public venues, property managers and others who need to augment and improve their wireless communications networks and service capabilities 

September 11, 2019

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