Six notable wireless technology firms have announced the launch of the CBRS Alliance to develop, market and promote LTE-based solutions utilising shared spectrum in the US 3.5GHz Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) band. The six – Access Technologies (Alphabet), Federated Wireless, Intel, Nokia, Qualcomm and Ruckus Wireless (now part of Brocade) – believe that access to spectrum in the 3.5GHz band will be critical to meet rapidly expanding wireless data demands in the US and beyond.
In February, the aforementioned companies announced their commitment to build an ecosystem of industry participants and make LTE-based solutions in the CBRS band widely available. This followed the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) opening up 150MHz of spectrum in the 3.5GHz band (3550MHz-3700MHz) for commercial use. The Alliance will work toward implementing LTE CBRS field trials in the second half of this year, and says that it is developing an official certification process towards successful deployments of CBRS infrastructure.
TeleGeography notes that the involvement of Access Technologies/Alphabet (the holding company in charge of Google) offers further proof that the search engine giant intends to sideline its ongoing Google Fiber rollout, in favour of a more viable wireless alternative.