FCC Approves First Embedded Module for CBRS Networks
Wednesday, November 07, 2018 | Comments

The FCC approved the Sierra Wireless AirPrime EM7565 Long Term Evolution Advanced (LTE-A) embedded module as the first embedded module available for Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) networks in the U.S.

CBRS aims to enable organizations to operate their own LTE networks in areas such as college and corporate campuses, arenas, airports, ports and warehouses.

The Sierra Wireless module is approved to operate in the CBRS radio band, a 3.5 GHz band traditionally used by U.S. Navy radar systems but now available for private LTE and other technology networks or for cellular carriers to augment their existing services. The Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) defined band 48 for CBRS so that LTE products can use the new CBRS band in addition to the U.S. cellular carrier bands.

Outside of the U.S. and not considered CBRS, the 3GPP defined other bands that also run on 3.5 GHz that are expected to quickly enable 5G services in regions where these bands are available, including Europe, Japan and Brazil.

“Sierra Wireless’ module receiving the first end user device authorization from the FCC is the latest in a series of significant milestones for the CBRS/OnGo ecosystem,” said Alan Ewing, executive director, CBRS Alliance. “The industry expected that CBRS/OnGo devices would be available in 2018, and this achievement from Sierra means that this expectation has been met. Sierra Wireless’ module represents the first of many device authorizations we’ll see during the remainder of 2018 and throughout 2019, yet another indication of the rapidly maturing state of the market.”

The modules are available now for commercial deployments.

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