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A spectrum of possibilities: Wireless Extension

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Expand your wireless network with LTE that you control

Cable Operators continue to search for new ways to reach their residential and business customers beyond the home or office. Broadband wireless strategies started with investment in Wi-Fi, a successful approach that led to the nationwide Cable Wi-Fi brand. MVNO relationships have been used to augment Wi-Fi services with cellular services.

While successful, both approaches have their limits. Wi-Fi uses unlicensed spectrum, which can become congested as more access points are deployed. MVNO relationships have proven to be challenging, and ultimately leave the Cable Operator dependent on a mobile network they don’t control. Now there is a technology available at the price point of Wi-Fi, with the quality of LTE. Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) – the 3.5 GHz innovation band – provides a new shared spectrum technology for cost-effectively deploying high-speed wireless broadband service.

The CBRS Advantage

CBRS offer 150 MHz of spectrum in the 3.5 GHz band. Spectrum is shared with Federal incumbents using a unique Spectrum Access System (SAS) mechanism. Cable Operators can buy a Priority Access License at a cost expected to be far cheaper than exclusive licenses offered today, or can operate freely in the 80 MHz of spectrum set aside for General Access, delivering high-quality LTE services.

The benefits are clear. Operators can cost-effectively add LTE to their millions of installed APs, offering coverage extension and capacity augmentation. This can be translated into higher quality of service for existing customers, and new revenue opportunities through premium enterprise service offerings. Shared spectrum makes the wireless MVNO business case more viable, reducing cost and dependency on the host MVNO. A hybrid mobile network combining Wi-Fi, shared spectrum, and an MVNO relationship could be a compelling wireless strategy. Spectrum sharing represents a faster, more flexible, and more economically viable wireless technology to efficiently and effectively deliver high-speed, low latency broadband.

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Why Federated Wireless?

Federated Wireless is leading the wireless industry through the shared spectrum revolution, unlocking a spectrum of possibilities by eliminating the problem of spectrum scarcity. We offer the industry’s first spectrum controller, an end-to-end system that enables government and commercial users to securely share the same spectrum band without impacting the quality of service that your customers expect. Federated Wireless is removing the multi-billion dollar price tag associated with spectrum access, fostering the creation of new business models.

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