My big question, will the CBRS small cell be a neutral host small cell for multiple carriers? I also want to know about the use cases for this spectrum, one thing that would work outside of the carrier’s domination of spectrum.
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Learn all this am more sports fans! Art goes over the CBRS spectrum and how will the spectrum allocation and licensing happen. It would be better if you listen to the Podcast instead of just looking at these high-level notes. I just could not keep up with all his knowledge!
We met at the NeDAS show in 2016, and I have tried to stay in touch ever since. He is always busy trying to improve the SpiderCloud footprint, and he has been doing a great job. They had a partnership with Cisco for years that helped them get noticed. SpiderCloud has proven that the enterprise model works for licensed spectrum.
I wanted to speak to Art this time because I need to understand the CBRS and how it works. I also want to see what business models he would have for indoor. I then found out that SpiderCloud is going to venture into the great outdoors! WOW! To me, this is a breakthrough, and they intend to do it with the CBRS product they are going to roll out. There is a blog about it here, https://blogs.cisco.com/sp/wait-for-it-wait-for-it-5g-its-here if you want to learn more.
The thing that has me excited is that they created http://spidercloud.com/cbrs to help people like me build up my knowledge about CBRS. I need all the help I can get!
What about those questions? Here is my attempt to answer, but best to hear Art answer them in the interview. You do not want to miss it!
- Do you wonder about enterprise small cells and their applications?
- Yes, otherwise you would not be reading this!
- Have you wondered what CBRS is?
- CBRS is the Citizens Broadband Radio Service which is in the USA and works in the 3.5GHz band to provide spectrum solutions for 3 major groups. The FCC has provided 150MHz of spectrum that is a combination of licensed and lightly licensed here in the USA.
- It includes 2 LTE bands, band 42 – 3.55GHZ to 3.66GHz and band 43 – 3.66GHz to 3.70GHz.
- User access setup for:
- PAL – Priority Access Licenses who have 10MHz channels in the 3.55GHz to 3.65GHz bands
- GAA – General Authorized Access is anyone dynamically allocated that can use any portion of the band if they do not interfere with the PAL. Hey GAA, be a pal and stay away from the PAL operators!
- How does CBRS work?
- Like any small LTE network in the 3.5GHz band.
- Who watches the licenses?
- There is a system like called the ASA
- How is the spectrum managed?
- Through a system called SAS, Spectrum Access System where the groups getting on the system will pay a small fee, I don’t know what that is yet, to be assigned spectrum. Whatever spectrum is open in that area. If someone else is a priority user, they automatically get that Otherwise, you get open spectrum. Location matters.
- Look at it like this, on a laptop if you are on a shared network a DNS, Domain Name Server would assign your IP address automatically. This would be a similar system assigning you spectrum for your specific area. If someone else comes in you would have priority unless they were a PAL, then they would get their spectrum.
- Federated Wireless has championed this effort, http://www.federatedwireless.com/resources/sas/
- Will the CBRS small cell be a neutral host small cell for multiple carriers?
- Yes, not only is it possible, but this is what the carriers want to get out of this.
- What use cases are there for CBRS?
- It is new, so not many use cases, but SpiderCloud put together a document for private LTE networks, http://spidercloud.com/assets/pdfs/SpiderCloud%20Private%20LTE.pdf, which you can download and use to build your business case. Feel free to get it and plan.
- How do I learn more?
- Go to https://www.thinksmallcell.com/LTE/what-is-cbrs-shared-spectrum-for-in-building-small-cell-html
- What does the FCC say?
- Remember that the world is watching to see if this is a success in the US.
- If you’re wondering where the protected Earth stations are, the FCC put together an excel spreadsheet which can be accessed from here:
- Art mentioned a CBRS Race Car test by Nokia, here is more information on that test:
- https://youtu.be/y865wZMXii4 It’s fun to see it on video.
Who is Art King? Art is the Director of Marketing for SpiderCloud Wireless Inc. He has extensive experience in the enterprise from his years as the Global Infrastructure Architecture Lead at Nike, impressive, right? Well, he also is a Board Member of the Small Cell Forum, an outstanding site where you can learn more and more about small cells. Learn more about Art at LinkedIn. If you met Art, you would really like Art, a combination of technical genius and charm which is a winning combination in my book. I call Art the King of Enterprise Small Cells because he and SpiderCloud championed the business case and the growth of the enterprise small cell better than anyone. They worked hard to build the business case, and they saw a glimpse of what the enterprise can do with licensed spectrum. Many other companies have followed this disruptor, but they all came in later. Art was key to making this happen.
SpiderCloud, http://www.spidercloud.com/, is a wireless small cell company that specialized in enterprise small cells and have worked with major carriers in the US to deploy indoor small cells. They are a member of the CBRS Alliance, one of the founding members in fact. The membership has grown in the last year.
Special note, Corning just acquired SpiderCloud, the story is here. While SpiderCloud partnered with Cisco for a long time, they never took the next step to purchase SpiderCloud, but Corning sees real value here. They know that they can step up the game and use this as another tool in their arsenal. It is another weapon in their portfolio and one that makes CommScope very nervous.
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