Federated Wireless Touts First CBRS Network
Monday, May 13, 2019 | Comments

Federated Wireless completed the rollout of what it called the world’s first in-production environmental sensing capability (ESC) network. Federated Wireless said the network will enable initial commercial deployment of Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) services across the United States.

The FCC approved the ESCs of Federated Wireless, CommScope and Google last month. ESCs will be used to detect and communicate the presence of any incumbent federal radar transmissions within specified geographic areas to spectrum access systems (SASs) to determine priority of CBRS operations.

Shared spectrum delivers the attributes of traditional wireless and Wi-Fi, with lower fixed cost, higher quality and greater efficiency and scale, a statement said. The 150 megahertz available in the 3.5 GHz CBRS band is approximately equivalent to that owned by the largest national wireless carriers and is divided into three tiers of service dedicated to incumbents including the U.S. Navy, priority access licenses (PALs) and general authorized access.

The Federated Wireless ESC network helps ensure that incumbent transmissions are interference free, while the Federated Wireless spectrum controller dynamically allocates spectrum to users in all three tiers. The ESC network is made up of dedicated, purpose-built sensors placed along U.S. coastlines and designed to accurately and rapidly detect federal incumbent transmissions in the 3.5 GHz band. The network is deployed with full redundancy, making it highly reliable and available, the company said.

The company’s partners include more than 40 device manufacturers and edge partners, all of which are dedicated to collaboration to advance development and proliferation of CBRS services. Federated Wireless’ customer base includes more than 25 companies spanning the telecommunications, energy, hospitality, education, retail, office space, municipal and residential verticals, with a wide range of use cases ranging from network densification and mobile offload to private Long Term Evolution (LTE) and industrial internet of things (IoT).

“Today’s announcement marks an historic milestone in the CBRS market, one that the entire industry has been working toward since 2012,” said Chris DePuy, founder and technology analyst at 650 Group. “The promise of CBRS is now a reality and will bring much-needed wireless performance and capacity increases to a broad range of users nationwide.” The FCC named Federated Wireless one of seven CBRS SAS administrators in 2016.

The CBRS market is in a state of rapid and dynamic growth, with certification and full automation planned later this year and licensed CBRS spectrum expected to be made available in early 2020. Future developments are anticipated to include rapid CBRS device development and deployment, and expansion into the 6 GHz band for unlicensed access to further expand national wireless capacity and throughput.

“I am extremely pleased with what we have been able to achieve in such a short time, and am eager to begin the next phase of CBRS service development and expansion,” said Iyad Tarazi, president and CEO of Federated Wireless. “Our technological innovation over the past seven years has positioned us well to continue to lead this industry while our expanding partner ecosystem and customer base ensure that we have the support we need to do so while continuing to address their most pressing business needs.”

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On 8/9/19, Eric Sandberg said:
In reading this, is Wytec and its patented system included in the Federated Wireless or one of the seven Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) spectrum access systems (SAS)-approved companies? Is there any update on the Columbus, Ohio, test or possibly another government application?

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