Recently AT&T announced that it chose CommScope and Samsung Electronics America to provide the company with its first network solution of the Citizen Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) prepared for 5g. Samsung will provide CBRS-compatible radios and Base station equipment, for its part, CommScope was selected as the Spectrum Access System (SAS) provider.
CBRS is an innovative spectrum band that allows access with license and shared access, which helps to enable the efficient use of finite spectrum resources. We plan to start testing the CBRS teams in our labs early next year and plan the deployment of CBRS commercial technology in the cities of the United States from the end of 2019.
As part of the launch, we will start using LTE in CBRS Spectrum and then migrate to 5g. We’ll mainly use the CBRS solution to provide broadband services for the home and business. Millions of American households lack access to broadband service and, in many cases, a fixed wireless access architecture (FWA) can come in a profitable way to homes and businesses where fiber cannot.
“When we looked at the CBRS spectrum, we saw a promising opportunity to use this spectrum band to expand our fixed wireless access network to additional cities in the U.S. As well as other opportunities for future use cases, “said Gordon Mansfield, vice president of convergent access. and technology of the device. “With 5g on the horizon, we hope to test and implement CBRS equipment to provide our customers with the best possible network experience.”
“We are excited to leverage our relationship with AT&T with this trade agreement to bring our new CBRS solution ready for 5g to your network,” said Wilf Norrlinger, vice President, Network Division, Samsung Electronics America. “Samsung is a great believer in the use of LTE-based technologies and 5g innovation to expand broadband availability in the U.S., and we hope to play a central role in accelerating this evolution.”
“CommScope has been working on CBRS from day one, helping to develop industry standards and policies to increase market success, as well as developing our SAS and environmental sensor solutions,” said Ben Cardwell, Vice President CommScope Mobility Solutions Senior. “We are delighted to work closely with AT & T to help them make their plans to CBRS and ensure the quality of their SAS services nationwide.”