Federated Wireless Completes ESC Network Deployment for CBRS
Federated Wireless announced this week that it finished its rollout of the first in-production environmental sensing capability (ESC) network in the world, according to wire and multiple reports. The new ESC network will allow for the initial commercial deployment (ICD) of CBRS services across the United States.
“Today’s announcement marks a historic milestone in the CBRS market, one that the entire industry has been working toward since 2012,” Chris DePuy, Founder and Technology Analyst at 650 Group said in a statement. “The promise of CBRS is now a reality and will bring much-needed wireless performance and capacity increases to a broad range of users nationwide.”
For commercial real estate owners, the shared spectrum offers the best qualities of traditional wireless and Wi-Fi, but with a lower fixed cost, better quality, and more efficiency and scale. The 150Mhz available in the 3.5Ghz CBRS band is said to be on about the same level as what the largest national wireless carriers own.
The new Federated Wireless ESC network will ensure that incumbent transmissions are interference free, while the organization’s Spectrum Controller allocates spectrum to users in all three CBRS tiers: incumbents, priority access licenses (PALs), and general authorized access. The ESC network comprises dedicated, purpose-built sensors that are located along U.S. coastlines with the purpose to detect federal incumbent transmission in the 3.5 GHz band. Federated Wireless’ network is deployed with full redundancy, which will make it reliable and readily available.
Since Federated Wireless was founded in 2012, it has been an industry leader regarding shared spectrum CBRS capability development. It led the formation of the CBRS Alliance and was the first entity to complete its ESC network testing and has numerous customers ready to provide CBRS services with its SAS solution. Federated Wireless’ partner ecosystem currently has more than 40 device manufacturers and edge partners, and they’re all dedicated to collaborating so CBRS’ services can further develop.
The CBRS market is constantly growing, and certification and full automation are expected for later this year with a licensed CBRS spectrum planned to be available in early 2020. Meanwhile, future developments are planned to include fast CBRS device development and deployment as well as expansion into the 6GHz band for unlicensed access to expand national wireless capacity and throughput.
“I am extremely pleased with what we have been able to achieve in such a short time, and am eager to begin the next phase of CBRS service development and expansion,” Iyad Tarazi, President and CEO of Federated Wireless said in a release. “Our technological innovation over the past seven years has positioned us well to continue to lead this industry, while our expanding partner ecosystem and customer base ensure that we have the support we need to do so while continuing to address their most pressing business needs.”