Spectrum a Key Theme for Mobile for the Rest of 2016


The latest Lowenstein’s View on FierceWireless reviewed some of the key happenings in the mobile industry so far this year and what can be expected in the rest of 2016. Among Mark’s key themes was spectrum, particularly the opportunity we’ve helped to create in 3.5 GHz band.

“Keep an eye out in the ‘unlicensed’ world, as well. Development on the LTE-U front has stalled some, to the frustration of, especially, T-Mobile and Verizon. But this will kick into gear in 2H 2016 or 1Q 2017. I am even more excited by the prospects of the 3.5 GHz band. The FCC is majorly behind this, and I think it presents an opportunity for the U.S. to assert some leadership position in wireless innovation. Google will be testing 3.5 GHz in Kansas City this summer, and there should be some decisions about who will run the Spectrum Access Systems over the next 6-9 months.”

We couldn’t agree more. The groundwork has been laid for the 3.5 GHz band and commercialization is just around the corner. Here’s what we’ve done so far this year:

  • Created the CBRS Alliance with the biggest industry players, including Google, Intel, Nokia, Qualcomm and Ruckus Wireless, to develop and promote solutions for this band.
  • Filed our SAS Application for CINQ XP, which utilizes a three-tiered model designed to protect federal and commercial incumbents that already exist in the 3.5 GHz band and provide access to carriers and other industry participants.
  • Contributed to the WInnForum Standards that define the necessary operation and standard interfaces between the equipment that will facilitate spectrum sharing in the band.
  • Signed our First Customers, specifically Siemens and Telrad Networks, who will be using CINQ XP and partnering with us to further develop shared spectrum solutions specific to their markets.

We fully expect this momentum to continue through the rest of the year. We plan to sign more partners to our platform and have that approved by the FCC this year. We’ll also continue ramping up the CBRS Alliance to get more players involved and more solutions in the works.

Federated Wireless has been instrumental in creating the 3.5 GHz band ecosystem, something that will enable carriers and enterprises to seamlessly and cost effectively alleviate spectrum management challenges and substantially improve the performance and capacity of wireless networks for their customers. We agree with Mark on another thing – we truly believe that the 3.5 GHz band has great potential to drive innovation, support new business models and spur economic growth in the U.S. And that is why we are putting in this work.

About the author /
Kurt Schaubach brings 25 years of wireless industry experience to Federated Wireless where he plays a key role in developing technologies and new business strategies to create the next-generation architecture of broadband wireless.
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