ExteNet Systems Inc. has recently applied to the FCC for Special Temporary Authority for “ongoing integration testing of CBRS Base Station and User Equipment testing to verify correct operation of networks based on equipment from multiple vendors.” The premise is realistic – “new and updated equipment” is being developed and released by a number of sources, including GE, Nokia, Qualcomm and Bai Cells.
The possibility of using CBRS (Citizens Broadband Radio Service) via 3.5+ GHz shared spectrum for private enterprise LTE wireless networks, is an exciting, economical proposition for corporate, commercial, academic and healthcare sectors.
According to the company’s application, “This testing is in preparation for ExteNet’s anticipated deployment of both indoor and outdoor CBRS networks when commercial service is authorized by the FCC.”
It’s no surprise that ExteNet Systems is investing time, money and energy in CBRS equipment capabilities testing. The 2012 “Fierce 15” designation conferred to ExteNet by FierceWireless, included the privately-held company in an annual list of companies that champion “innovation and creativity, even in the face of intense competition.”
Extenet has been a leader in the deployment of DNS, which has been a boon to wireless carriers, building managers, commercial real estate investors and owners alike because DNS helps to increase and improve wireless capacity and coverage in high-use and hard-to-reach locations.
The Stage is Set
3.5 GHz became a prime target for wireless carrier interest a few years ago, when the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced that the band could be a shared-use option for government and commercial use, as long as all the major players – including fixed satellite services – were given a safeguarded framework. The resulting FCC proposed three-tiered sharing system was expanded to include the CBRS 3.5 GHz band.
That said, there have been a few vocal detractors of the expansion of commercial use of 3.5 GHz, including T-Mobile and CTIA. The opponents have been advocating that the FCC should reform the new rules, extend longer licensing terms and authorize Priority Access Licenses (PALs) on 10-year terms via Partial Economic Areas (PEAs) to license PALs. This take is all about “maximizing deployment of 5G technologies” using CBRS.
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