CBRS devices operate within the CBRS gateway and are installed on houses and businesses to help deliver video, voice, data, and IoT communications to a wired access network. This includes WiFi connections as well as Ethernet-LAN. Typically, CBRS devices communicate with a router that acts as a gateway to provide Band 48 devices that operate within the 4G and 5G frameworks. These devices use 3.6 GHz frequencies.
What Are FCC CBRS Devices?
CBRS stands for Citizen Broadband Radio Service and is a broadcast frequency band that is reserved for specific CBRS upgrades and devices within the United States. On these devices, the total band spectrum ranges from 3550 to 3700 MHz, which is 150 MHz in width. CBRS was released, and is managed by, the FCC as an additional spectrum with a focus on mobile broadband users. It divides devices into three different tiers: GAA, PAL, and Incumbents. Wireless mobile, fixed wireless, and IoT devices continually need new ways to access additional spectrum, and CBRS allows that to happen.
CBRS allows wireless broadband operators to deploy unlicensed LTE or 5G spectrum to Band 48 devices as well as other CBRS devices.
ETI Software can also help in many other areas of CBRS device management, CBRS software upgrades, and more. ETI’s Unified Device Management software can help telecommunications companies visualize problems related to these devices and ensure that companies stay in compliance. For example, Unified Device Management helps companies to see where their customers are in respect to the towers they have and the spectrums. They are able to track the service they are getting works properly and remains at consistent speeds.
Most telecommunications companies have been aware of the increase in CBRS auctions. These allow companies to compete for Priority Access Licenses or PAL. While these only make up a fraction of the equation, they are an important part.
PAL auctions aren’t only good for bigger companies, they can help the smaller ones as well. Smaller companies who win a few licenses in a few counties are poised to make the biggest impact moving forward. The licenses that they win are for specific counties, meaning the people who win those licenses will have significant control over larger areas. If a business wants to compete within a specific geographic location, they absolutely need to win these licenses. While you won’t own control of the entire spectrum of a specific area, there are some legalities and technicalities that need to be understood.
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