CBRS Company Announces 8 Beta Deployments
Tuesday, February 11, 2020 | Comments

Celona announced results from multiple real-world Citizen Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) mission-critical deployments from its formal beta program. The program includes eight new organizations deploying Celona’s cellular wireless network solution to deliver mission-critical business applications including crowded outdoor venues, industrial internet of things (IoT) applications, campuswide connectivity and video.

“The FCC’s recent decision to allow full-scale commercial deployments in the CBRS band is very timely given the outstanding response Celona has seen to its own end-to-end offering,” said Mehmet Yavuz, PhD, chief technology officer (CTO) and co-founder at Celona. “Enterprise IT teams across industries want CBRS spectrum to enable a new express lane of communications for business-owned and staff-operated mobile and IoT infrastructure. Low latency and high-reliability operation for relevant applications with the use of private LTE (Long Term Evolution) is a key requirement, in addition to simplified deployment and operations.”

Celona’s eight new beta site customers span logistics environments, industrial shipping yards, global retail locations and other challenging wireless environments, including the NC State University Institute for Educational Innovation located in Raleigh, North Carolina.

“The coverage and reliability metrics promised by CBRS-based private LTE technology are ideal for several indoor and outdoor use cases in our environment,” said Ray Zeisz, director of enterprise infrastructure programs at the NC State University Institute for Educational Innovation. “We are looking forward to exploring it further as part of Celona’s engineering beta program. So far, our tests have focused on zero-touch installation of the product components where the initial setup was performed within an hour, including the ability to provision smartphones with our private SIM (subscriber identity module) cards. Next, we will be testing performance and reliability of the private LTE wireless connections in challenging indoor and outdoor locations where public LTE and Wi-Fi coverage may not be ideal and rolling out new cabling is simply not possible.”

Each of the beta sites is deploying Celona’s end-to-end solution, providing everything they need to implement an enterprise cellular network. The solution was recently deployed at a music festival held in Las Vegas. The network using CBRS spectrum was able to deliver download speeds of more than 25 Megabits per second (Mbps) for the same set of devices, with latency metrics also improving 200 times.

Celona works with equipment provider Cradlepoint, and World Wide Technology (WWT), a technology provider to large organizations, is also evaluating Celona’s technology for a variety of use cases.

“Today’s mission-critical environments in the enterprise require reliable wireless connectivity on a clean spectrum with a promise of guaranteed SLA (service-level agreement),” said Neil Anderson, senior director, network solutions for WWT’s global engineering team. “We are looking forward to exploring Celona’s technology as we help our customers bring digital transformation projects to life across verticals such as industrial, manufacturing, energy and utilities.”

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