Federated Wireless, Anterix Partner on Joint 900 MHz, CBRS Solution
Friday, August 13, 2021 | Comments

Shared spectrum pioneer Federated Wireless and Anterix, the nation's largest holder of licensed spectrum in the 900 MHz band throughout the contiguous United States plus Hawaii, Alaska and Puerto Rico, are collaborating to create a new Anterix offering combining dedicated use of Anterix's 900 MHz broadband spectrum paired with Federated Wireless' shared spectrum services that facilitate use of the Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) band.

The new offering, when completed, can facilitate utility access to a multiband solution for their grid communications deployment, offering the benefits of the wide coverage and dedicated control of licensed 900 MHz combined with the capacity and flexibility of unlicensed or licensed CBRS spectrum.

"Our focus remains centered on the nation's utility sector,” said Anterix President and CEO Rob Scwartz. “With the transformative power of 900 MHz broadband, and our utility-focused Anterix Active Ecosystem program, we are excited about the role we are playing in developing the outcomes that enable the modernization of our electric grid. Working with the great team from Federated Wireless will add significant value to that effort. Combining the cost-effective coverage potential and mission-critical nature of our low-band 900 MHz spectrum, with Federated's services that allow access to the mid-band CBRS spectrum, will create a new hybrid product opportunity for the utility sector."

With deep roots in the wireless industry and a critical infrastructure mission, Anterix has leveraged its 900 MHz holdings to seek out and bring to the utility sector cutting edge wireless broadband communications capabilities and utility-centric solutions. To date, Anterix has provided its low-band spectrum to large metropolitan utilities providers such as Ameren and San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) for use in building new private LTE networks. Other utilities currently are investigating dozens of use cases, exploring the potential impact of 900 MHz LTE in helping to digitally transform the nation's energy sector.

"Close collaboration with Anterix will enable us to rapidly expand our existing CBRS market leadership into the utilities segment, which is poised for rapid innovation," said Federated Wireless founder and CEO Iyad Tarazi. "We look forward to working closely with Anterix and its customers to set new standards for performance, stability and security in U.S. utility networks."

Federated Wireless was first to launch and deploy a commercial spectrum access system (SAS) and an environmental sensing capability (ESC) network, both of which are key enablers for both licensed and unlicensed CBRS spectrum. With more than 200 customers and more than 65,000 connected devices across the United States and territories, the company serves a customer base that includes many utility companies such as electric co-ops, large interstate gas and electric companies, oil refineries and tier one mobile network operators (MNOs). Additional deployments include tier one cable operators and tower companies, more than 100 regional and rural wireless internet service providers (WISPs), and several public sector and federal entities, including a Marine Corps 5G Smart Warehouse in Albany, Georgia.

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