Originally posted to NEDAS

As many are already aware, the 5G future is fast approaching. However, there are still a few hurdles to jump before rollout becomes ubiquitous and accessible for all businesses. For instance, empowering network densification, creating connectivity to support new capabilities, accommodating huge data volumes and other similar challenges are all key to capable 5G service. One solution that has emerged to meet the needs of dynamic spectrum management and added network capacity in in-building or small cell systems is CBRS (Citizens Broadband Radio Service). 

As an event focused on education and collaboration at the intersection of wireless and wireline, the 2019 NEDAS NYC Summit offered attendees an opportunity to learn more about CBRS, a vital enabler of tech and telecom’s future, with a keynote from Andrew Clegg, Spectrum Engineering Lead for Google. Why Google? Well, Google is one of the six entities serving as a SAS provider (keep reading to find out why this is important). Additionally, as an internet company that is invested in enabling internet connection, radio spectrum — a necessary foundation for mobile device operation — is of critical concern for Google.  

As an introduction to CBRS, Clegg notes that there are several characteristics of this strategy that differentiate it from other types of wireless service, the first being that it is a shared spectrum initiative. Essentially, CBRS operates in a spectrum that includes other occupants — the other occupant being the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). Another important aspect is that there are two tiers of service when it comes to CBRS; a Priority Access License provides interference protection and assurance of band access (these are to be auctioned by the FCC on June 25, 2020), while up to 150 megahertz (MHz) of free access to the spectrum is also available without the aforementioned protections. 

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