Cambium Says It Has Deployed More Than 100,000 CBRS Devices
Tuesday, July 27, 2021 | Comments

Cambium Networks announced that it has deployed more than 100,000 point-to-multipoint (PMP) fixed wireless access solutions leveraging the Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) frequency band in the United States and its territories in the 18 months since the FCC made the spectrum available.

"Cambium Networks' software-driven radios, including PMP 450m CBRS, have met expectations," said Van Billingsley, founder, ESC Wireless in North Carolina. "We have deployed 62 PMP 450m access points and 300 CPE units, and this is just a start.” In response to the high demand for connectivity, in 2019 the FCC took action to increase spectrum availability, opening 150 MHz of spectrum in the 3.5 GHz frequency band and requiring operators from being managed under Part 90 rules to Part 96 rules. The frequency band ranges from 3.55 – 3.7 MHz, with 80 megahertz of the band reserved for General Authorized Access (GAA). GAA is unlicensed and available for use, provided the radios connect with a spectrum access system (SAS) via a frequency coordinator using priority access licenses (PAL). The CBRS band allows for 13 times more power at a lower frequency than solutions using the existing 5 GHz frequency bands.

Broadband service providers in Texas and Oklahoma alone now account for 24,000 licenses (25%) of the Cambium Networks CBRS devices, the company said.

"Many operators have completed the migration from FCC Part 90 to Part 96 rules and are taking advantage of the broader spectrum and avoiding congestion," said Matt Mangriotis, senior director of product management for Cambium Networks. "Now, operators are continuing to add devices as spectrum is available and are increasing power to extend the network to reach new households. In addition to internet service providers providing access to residential and enterprise businesses, we see network operators in local government, oil and gas, railroad and other verticals utilizing the CBRS spectrum to meet their wireless networking needs.”

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