New Standard Moves up CBRS 5G Debut


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The Wireless Innovation Forum (WInnForum), an international industry association striving to advance radio communications and systems worldwide, supports the 5G NR air interface in the Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) band. This approval sets the stage for the first mid-band 5G deployments in the U.S., according to WInnForum and  the CBRS Alliance.

 The CBRS Alliance supports 5G NR in its Release 3 specifications, slated for completion in Q4 2019. 

5G-based OnGo deployments in the 3.5 GHz band could begin as early as the first half of 2020, say the organizations. Environments that benefit from ultra-low latency, such as precision Industrial IoT, will be a good proving ground for extension into 5G services powered by OnGo, according to the associations.

“WInnForum is pleased to support new air interfaces such as 5G NR, along with all of the planned uses of CBRS,” said WInnForum CEO Lee Pucker. “Allowing broad participation in the CBRS ecosystem and supporting the future of spectrum sharing is important to WInnForum members, and to the public who will benefit from such technology.”

Globally, industry and government are focusing on 3.5 GHz as the primary mid-band spectrum for 5G, with deployments in South Korea and with testing taking in place in Europe, the Middle East and other areas of East Asia. In October 2018, the FCC made targeted changes to its rules governing the 3.5 GHz CBRS band that will facilitate the deployment of 5G wireless networks using this spectrum. 

July 22, 2019

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