Let's Recap the Important CBRS Dates
The Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) band, spanning 3550 - 3700 MHz, and Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology, represent some of the most exciting developments in wireless broadband in recent years. Much has happened since the Initial Commercial Deployment (ICD) back in the Fall of 2019. Before looking ahead, here is a quick recap of important dates is in order:
- Sept. 16, 2019 - Initial Commercial Deployment (ICD)
- Jan. 27, 2020 - Full Commercial Deployment (FCD)
- Aug. 25, 2020 - FCC completes auction of Priority Access Licenses (PAL)
- Sept. 2, 2020 - FCC announces PAL auction winners
- March 23 - April 13, 2021 - Channel swapping completed
- April 16, 2021 - Final channel assignments published
- April 19-20, 2021 - PAL Commercial Enablement
So what are WISPs saying about CBRS & LTE? We recently spoke with several WISPs to get their perspective. We've interviewed CEOs, Presidents, and Owners of some of the most successful WISPs in the industry to see what they thought about CBRS & LTE Solutions.
From our many interviews, we've created a WISP Guide: 12 Areas to Adapt for Success in Broadband. This guide is full of tips on how to become a successful WISP business. You can download the full guide here or keep reading for a small snippet of Chapter 7: Seizing the Moment in CBRS & LTE.
Joe, Wireless Network Engineer for a Minnesota WISP, described their outlook on CBRS deployment utilizing Cambium 450M cnMedusa:
"We use almost exclusively 5 GHz line-of-sight. We’re not really interested in growing our footprint much more, as we have 45-60 minute drive times in every direction. We could have an angle for leveraging CBRS non-line-of-sight technology here. We have quite a few potential customers we aren’t able to hit in our region due to foliage and hills. We could overlay CBRS on our current coverage, and use the NLOS aspects of it to gain an extra 15 customers in each 90° direction."
Chapter 7 covers not only CBRS & LTE deployment, but also touches on the following information:
FCC Goal with CBRS and SAS
Current LTE and non-LTE CBSDs