WInnForum Approves 5G NR as a Supported Air Interface for CBRS Band
Thursday, July 18, 2019 | Comments

The CBRS Alliance and the Wireless Innovation Forum (WInnForum) jointly announced the approval by the WInnForum to support the 5G New Radio (NR) air interface in the Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) band. This approval is a key step in providing a solid foundation for 5G NR in the 3.5 GHz band and sets the stage for the first mid-band 5G deployments in the U.S.

The CBRS Alliance, an industry organization focused on driving the development, commercialization and adoption of OnGo shared spectrum solutions, previously announced its plans to support 5G NR in its Release 3 specifications, slated for completion in the fourth quarter of 2019. 5G-based OnGo deployments in the 3.5 GHz band could begin as early as the first half of 2020. Environments that benefit from ultra-low latency, such as precision industrial internet of things (IIoT), will be ideal for extension into 5G services powered by OnGo.

“WInnForum is pleased to support new air interfaces such as 5G NR, along with all of the planned uses of CBRS,” said WInnForum CEO Lee Pucker. “Allowing broad participation in the CBRS ecosystem and supporting the future of spectrum sharing is important to WInnForum members, and to the public who will benefit from such technology.”

The CBRS Alliance will use the approval of the 5G NR air interface to continue the organization’s work to bring Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP)-specified technologies to the 3.5 GHz CBRS band in the U.S. By utilizing the globally-recognized 3GPP standards as the basis for its work, the Alliance will leverage a global ecosystem for maximum economies of scale. By helping to bring together the vast array of use cases supported by OnGo and 5G NR, there will be an unprecedented expansion of connectivity for a vast array of users.

“WInnForum’s approval of the request from the CBRS Alliance to add 5G NR to the list of supported air interfaces in the 3.5 GHz band is very exciting,” said Alan Ewing, CBRS Alliance executive director. “This is foundational to our strategic objective to see the first 5G deployments in U.S. mid-band spectrum. With 4G today and 5G coming soon, we’re ensuring the maximum return on investment for all CBRS ecosystem players.”

Globally, industry and government are focusing on 3.5 GHz as the primary mid-band spectrum for 5G, with deployments in South Korea and testing taking in place in Europe, the Middle East and other areas of East Asia. In October 2018, the FCC made targeted changes to its rules governing the 3.5 GHz CBRS band that will facilitate the deployment of 5G wireless networks using this spectrum.

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