Anterix Launches Ecosystem Program to Promote 900 MHz Private LTE
Monday, May 10, 2021 | Comments

Anterix announced its next significant step to facilitate and accelerate the delivery, deployment and application of transformative private broadband for the nation's electric grid. Anterix is joined by 37 technology companies to launch the Anterix Active Ecosystem Program.

This launch, combined with the 11 FCC-granted experimental Licenses at 900 MHz and contracts recently signed with Ameren and San Diego Gas and Electric (SDGE) highlight the growing utility industry momentum toward deploying private LTE at 900 MHz.

The new Anterix Active Ecosystem Program will foster, strengthen and expand the landscape of 900 MHz devices, services and solutions. Participation from a broad range of technology innovators will bring extensive value to utilities and other critical infrastructure providers who deploy private LTE at 900 MHz. Members will share technical insights, advance solutions for 900 MHz private LTE and collaborate on opportunities to support the utility sector. Those with 900 MHz certified devices and commercial solutions will be recognized with the Anterix Active badge.

"We've regularly talked about the scale and scope benefits to the utility sector of collective action at 900 MHz,” said Anterix President and CEO Rob Schwartz. “The launch of this program is key to driving those benefits, and it highlights what we view as momentum toward private LTE throughout the entire utility ecosystem. Our Anterix Active Ecosystem Program will provide members with the collaborative environment needed to further develop secure and resilient private wireless broadband solutions, fully under the utility's control, to address current and future energy needs. We couldn't be more excited to see leaders across the technology landscape joining together to advance private broadband at 900 MHz for the critical needs of utilities."

Members of the ecosystem are 4RF, Accelleran, Atomation, Atos, BEC Technologies, Bittium, Burns & McDonnell, CISCO, CMG Consulting, Council Rock, Druid Software, Encore Networks, Ericsson, Expeto, GE, Hitachi ABB Power Grids, Index AR Solutions, Itron, Kognitiv Spark, LineVision, Motorola Solutions, Multi-Tech Systems, Nighthawk , Nokia, Onclave Networks, Qnet, Qubitekk, Redline Communications, Sentient Energy, Sequans, Sierra Wireless, Sonim Technologies, Tecore Networks, Telit, Tilson, u-blox and West Monroe Partners.

Additionally, 4RF received FCC approval for the 4RF Aprisa router to operate in band 8 for mission-critical private LTE networks.

The 4RF Aprisa LTE is a secure, hardened LTE router for utility field area networks that will operate in band 8 spectrum with the highest authorized power to take full advantage of the FCC user equipment power limit. This allows users to make best use of the valuable high penetration and long-distance propagation characteristics of 900 MHz that makes this low-frequency spectrum so important for utility and other critical infrastructure applications.

With this approval, the Aprisa LTE continues to bring innovation to the LTE market. Examples include the first field router to offer small form factor pluggable (SFP) transceiver support for optical fiber and the first band 8 approved device to offer built-in Wi-Fi operation. The Aprisa LTE meets key utility demands with dual subscriber identity module (SIM) support for private as well as public LTE networks.

"4RF Aprisa products are successfully deployed in hundreds of utilities around the world including many of the largest here in the United States,” said Ryan Gerbrandt. “Anterix is proud to join forces with 4RF to expand the ecosystem of available solutions and devices developed and approved for use with 900 MHz private LTE networks.”

Private, licensed LTE networks provide ownership, security, control, maximum bandwidth and optimized performance of a company's mission-critical field area networks in industries such as energy, telecommunications, transportation and logistics. Private networks with licensed 900 MHz spectrum provide the best support for field area networks with the reach for cluttered metro areas and long-distance rural coverage of thousands of connected devices when compared with alternative solutions using high-frequency Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) spectrum.

"4RF is excited to be already working with Anterix and key customers to provide optimal bandwidth, security and support for field area networks that must evolve with the increasing range of connected devices," said 4RF CEO Ian Troughton. "Aprisa LTE devices, made in California, will leverage the long history of our Aprisa radio solutions widely deployed with U.S. infrastructure operators."

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