Anterix Launches Platform to Drive 900 MHz Broadband Innovation, Solutions
Thursday, May 19, 2022 | Comments

Anterix launched an integrated platform to accelerate the scale benefits of a “network” of individual private broadband networks.

At the center of the integrated platform will be a cloud-based 4G/5G core, enabling greater resilience and enhanced services between participating networks, including mutual aid, cybersecurity, shared infrastructure and integration of distributed energy sources. The platform will also offer a development and innovation environment for the more than 75 technology companies in the Anterix Active Ecosystem to drive products and services directly to utility network operators. A newly formed Utility Strategic Advisory Board (USAB), made up of senior utility executives, will help identify industry priorities and bring the benefits of collective action.

The initial platform initiatives will include:
• Deployment of a 4G/5G cloud core to extend the capabilities of utilities own private broadband networks by bringing solutions such as private roaming to enable mutual aid, private to public roaming for increased resiliency and failover, and spectrum coordination.
• Development of an enhanced multiband communications module to enable numerous members of Anterix’s Active Ecosystem Program to provide lower cost and higher functionality products.
• Integration of leading cybersecurity offerings to further enhance the existing private broadband security capabilities.
• Launch of a connected lab environment, supported by utilities and vendors, which will provide collective utility-grade device testing and accelerate the integration of utility solutions.
• Delivery of a public network roaming management solution that will make utility connectivity and management of devices simple, secure and flexible.

The initial USAB members that will play the lead role as the architects and the facilitators of this future are senior executives from Ameren, Dominion, Evergy, Exelon, Southern Linc, and the Utility Broadband Alliance. Whether it be the macro issues of resiliency, cybersecurity and decarbonization, or the sharing of infrastructure, talent, knowledge and technology, the recognition that this “network” of individual networks can drive enhanced innovation and value to each utility and Anterix Active Ecosystem member is the goal of this effort.

“While the core of our offering remains focused on providing the spectrum needed to enable utility private broadband networks, this transition to a broader suite of solutions is in response to our customers’ needs,” said Anterix CEO and President Rob Schwartz. “The premise of this effort is that we all are stronger together. This platform capitalizes on the utility industry’s well-established culture of collaboration, providing our more than 75 Active Ecosystem members with the collective voice of their utility customers. As the USAB identifies the industry’s needs, Anterix and the Active Ecosystem community are there to deliver.”

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