An Alliance for Innovation through the 3.5 Ghz Band

Last week, together with Google, Intel, Nokia, Qualcomm, and Ruckus Wireless, we announced a shared commitment to promote solutions in the 3.5 GHz band. This announcement continues the momentum we’ve seen for 3.5 GHz band shared spectrum over the last year. The formation of this alliance is, however, of particular significance because it is a clear sign that the industry sees the 3.5 GHz band as far more than an interesting experiment in spectrum management.  The six companies aim to build a robust technology ecosystem and make CBRS solutions as widely available as possible.  We’re thrilled with this development as it cements our belief that the 3.5 GHz band will pave the way for innovative end-to-end wireless solutions that will shape the future of wireless.

With industry leaders aligned to introduce a full ecosystem around shared spectrum in the 3.5 GHz band, trials of solutions that exploit shared spectrum can now begin in 2016. The goal of these trials is to demonstrate solutions that extend and improve wireless networks in order to provide a high quality, consistent experience in even the most challenging areas to serve.  At a sporting event, a sprawling indoor shopping mall, or bustling campuses, operators will now achieve predictable coverage, capacity, and end user performance at a cost that is not achievable with current small cell or distributed antenna system technologies.

As our Spectrum Access System (SAS), which is at the heart of the emerging 3.5 GHz ecosystem, continues ahead with the FCC approval and commercialization process, we are excited to partner with companies with a deep history of innovation. We truly believe the “sky is the limit” for what a robust wireless ecosystem developed on coordinated shared spectrum will achieve.

For more information on the 3.5 GHz shared spectrum framework and the potential opportunities it creates, refer to this article.

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