Motorola’s CBRS Product Line Part of FCC’s Initial Commercial Deployment
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Motorola Solutions’ Citizens’ Broadband Radio Service (CBRS)-based private broadband solution, MOTOTRBO Nitro, will participate in the FCC’s initial commercial deployment (ICD) phase, expected to begin in September and last 30 – 90 days depending on the deployment.

The ICD phase will test the unlicensed portion of the recently available 3.5 GHz spectrum, called general authorized access (GAA), which offers broadband communications for enterprise operations, with better coverage and faster speeds than Wi-Fi, executives said. The auction for the priority access licenses (PALs) is likely to begin next year.

In March, the company launched Nitro to provide commercial operations with customized private networks that deliver voice and broadband data. As a member of the CBRS Alliance, Motorola Solutions was involved in the CBRS standards-setting process.

Motorola plans to work with the city of Woodstock, Illinois, a northwest suburb of Chicago. The city will use the Nitro system for voice communications for workers in the city’s opera house. The city will also test Nitro as a backhaul solution for Avigilon security cameras and analytics in a public area. The MOTOTRBO Nitro system is interoperable with MOTOTRBO radio systems and Motorola’s Project 25 (P25) networks as well, said Jerry Gard, Motorola Solutions director of engineering.

"The MOTOTRBO Nitro solution and capacity of the CBRS spectrum have improved security and communications in our public spaces,” said Dan McElmeel, IT director, city of Woodstock. “We look forward to expanding our use of the network and technology to best serve our community."

Motorola also plans to work with a manufacturing plan, a sea port, and a customer in an office building during the ICD. “The customers are running into issues with Wi-Fi from coverage and congestion perspectives,” Gard said. “CBRS sits between Wi-Fi and commercial carriers, offering customers capacity and coverage wherever they need it.”

More critical infrastructure industries (CII) applications are expected after the PAL auction, executives said.

“This milestone reflects industry commitment to delivering better and faster enterprise communications,” said John Zidar, corporate vice president, North America commercial, channel and carrier, Motorola Solutions. “We are eager to begin commercial deployments of our CBRS portfolio, to give our customers more capacity and coverage for their voice, data and video communications.”

MOTOTRBO Nitro offers an end-to-end enterprise broadband solution. The network core is hosted in the cloud, and the entire network is delivered as a service. Customers can leverage their CBRS network with any device by using a push-to-talk (PTT) radio built specifically for CBRS, as a Wi-Fi hot spot.

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