Verizon Completes Trial of 5G on CBRS GAA Spectrum
Tuesday, June 14, 2022 | Comments

Verizon, along with strategic partner Ericsson, completed a 5G data session using Citizens Broadband CBRS General Authorized Access (GAA) spectrum.

The trial indicates that Verizon and its vendors are ready to support 5G on both shared and priority access license (PAL) CBRS spectrum, which will supplement Verizon’s current deployment of 5G service over C-band and mmWave spectrum. With 5G Ultra Wideband data usage having increased 249%, the expansion of 5G service onto this spectrum band will help meet customers’ future needs.

“The use of GAA and PAL licensed CBRS spectrum for 5G service further strengthens our already robust spectrum portfolio and will lead to an even better customer experience when using Verizon 5G Ultra Wideband,” said Kyle Malady, Verizon executive vice president (EVP) and president, global networks and technology. “Verizon leads the industry with the strongest spectrum portfolio across low, mid and high band spectrum. Our strong spectrum position is a result of multi-year strategic planning and investment.”

The trial took place in Minneapolis, Minnesota, using two channels of 40 megahertz CBRS GAA spectrum. Using the advanced feature of carrier aggregation in the 3.55 – 3.77 GHz CBRS band, radio and core equipment from Ericsson, and a mobile test platform trial device, peak downlink speeds reached more than 700 megabits per second (Mbps).

Verizon has used shared and licensed CBRS spectrum to supplement its low and mid-band deployment of 4G LTE service and private network offerings. With the successful trial and CBRS licenses in markets across the nation, Verizon is positioned to expand its 5G network to this new spectrum in parallel with its ongoing 5G deployment on C-band. The expansion will support Verizon’s core areas of growth and innovation across mobility, nationwide broadband, mobile edge compute and business solutions, the value market and network monetization.

The CBRS band is made up of 150 megahertz of 3.5 GHz shared spectrum. CBRS uses multi-tiered sharing with existing incumbents. Tier 1 are incumbents with protected status, including: Department of Defense (DoD) Navy ship radars and registered fixed satellite stations (receive-only earth stations). Tier 2 are PAL, while Tier 3 is for GAA channels. The FCC has authorized shared use and priority access use of this band for commercial wireless data.

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