The wireless industry is the heart-and-soul of modern communication. But its reach has only barely begun. While the FCC says 19 million Americans lack access to fixed broadband, a survey from Microsoft found that the number could be as high as 162 million.
CBRS (Citizens Broadband Radio Service) could dramatically improve these figures and carry massive implications for both mobile carriers and enterprise-level communications systems.
How will CBRS transform the wireless industry? It will make access to wireless services for more people economically and technically feasible, often for the first time.
What is CBRS?
CBRS is the acronym for the Citizens Broadband Radio Service, which is 150 MHz of spectrum in the 3.5 GHz to 3.7 GHz range designated by the FCC for sharing three tiers of users currently primarily used by the U.S. Navy and satellite ground stations.
The FCC now says there’s more room for priority licensees and the generally licensed. The FCC opens up more space for both carriers and private networks by allowing new entrants from these categories.
Why now? The freeing up of the band is part of the FCC’s 2010 National Broadband Plan.
What Does Access to the Spectrum Mean?
In short, carriers can apply for priority licenses to grow their 4G LTE and 5G networks. Cable operators will also be able to offer wireless. You can expect last-mile access, fixed-wireless services, and further enterprise actions, including the set-up and delivery of private 4G networks.
For end-users, CBRS will mean:
- Access to wireless in previously inaccessible areas
- Faster speeds for end-users
- Better end-user experiences (less latency)
- Quicker access to 5G
Will CBRS Create More Jobs?
Yes! CBRS creates cost efficiency and presents new business opportunities for both new industry entrants and current players. New service offerings and expanded LTE coverage will inevitably create more jobs in the wireless industry.
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