Initial Customer Deployments are Fast Approaching:

What are the Best Use Cases and Market Opportunities for CBRS?

When the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted rules for shared use of 150 MHz of 3.5GHz band spectrum in April 2015, it set in motion a four-year race to initial commercial deployments (ICD) of CBRS technology.

Pending availability of the Institute for Telecommunication Sciences (ITS) report and the review and approval from the FCC and DoD, the ICD start date is expected in July or August 2019 for the General Authorized Access (GAA) portion of the band. The licensed portion, known as PALs, won’t be deployed until spectrum is auctioned and allocated in 2020.

In a few short weeks, the CBRS ‘innovation band’ will become commercially available and provide the much-anticipated capacity for wireless innovation. During the DSA Global Summit, wireless industry and regulatory experts will come together to discuss what the best use cases and market opportunities for CBRS are.

The Innovation Challenge

Turning opportunity into customer value will be the next challenge the industry will need to overcome. With CBRS, the wireless industry will be provided a toolbox of potential capabilities and a set of guidelines for deploying these valuable spectrum resources. While resource availability is certainly important, how shared spectrum is deployed to address real-life customer problems will determine the winners from the losers in this emerging and quickly evolving industry.

The DSA Global Summit panel discussion “3.5 – 3.7GHz Citizen Band Radio Service (CBRS) Rollouts – Use Cases and Marketplace Opportunities” on June 27th will bring together wireless and regulatory experts to discuss their views on the short and long-term market opportunities and regulatory challenges for CBRS.

Jennifer McCarthy, Vice President, Legal Advocacy at Federated Wireless will moderate the panel comprised of:

  • Derek Peterson, CTO, Boingo Wireless
  • Craig Sparks, CINO, C-Spire
  • Dave Wright, President, CBRS Alliance and Director, Regulatory Affairs & Network Standards, Ruckus Networks
  • Paul Powell, Assistant Chief, Mobility Division, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, Federal Communication Commission (FCC)

Topics of Discussion

The panel will seek to address the viability of deploying private LTE cellular networks on CBRS at large public venues, such as airports and stadiums, to leverage favorable mid-band spectrum for seamless and secure connectivity in dense, high-trafficked areas. It will also analyze the potential for Enterprise applications for CBRS including corporate campuses, property management, hospitality, education and healthcare.

Other key topics include:

  • The feasibility to support Industrial Internet of Things (IOT) use cases for ports, railroads and utility monitoring.
  • Fixed Wireless use cases, especially in areas with underutilized spectrum and carrier-grade in-building installations that require voice continuity between indoor and outdoor, and Wi-Fi and CBRS networks.
  • The CBRS ecosystem and what it will look like in the next 12 to 18 months as commercial deployments accelerate.
  • The current and future regulatory climate for CBRS and how this may change as additional shared spectrum options become available in the future.

While CBRS provides an exciting opportunity to drive innovation and growth in the Wireless industry, use cases and deployment strategies that address the needs of the customer will be paramount in determining success in the market.

Join us at the “3.5 – 3.7GHz Citizen Band Radio Service (CBRS) Rollouts – Use Cases and Marketplace Opportunities” DSA Global Summit panel on June 27th at 1:30pm ET to hear thought leaders provide their recipe and predictions for CBRS success.

Encouraging worldwide collaboration at DSA Summit

Our annual Global Summit is fast approaching, and we are looking forward to welcoming industry representatives from around the world to participate in discussions surrounding spectrum sharing.

As of last week, the authorities and regulators that will attend the Global Summit in Washington D.C. will join us from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, Ecuador Germany, Ghana, Mexico, Mozambique, Nigeria, Peru, South Korea, Uganda, the United Kingdom and the US!

Also joining us will be Mario Maniewicz from the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and Allan Ruiz from COMTELCA.

It is a core value of the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance that worldwide collaboration and discussion is vital for the progression of the industry, especially when the goal is to bring broadband connectivity to those in the world’s most hard to reach locations.

By regularly coming together to explore use cases, successes and approaches, our objectives become much more attainable.

Global Summit Awards

As we have done in previous years, we will be presenting awards to individuals, spectrum regulators, companies, projects or universities who have demonstrated a commitment to spectrum sharing, connecting the unconnected and academic research in this area. The award categories are as follows:

  • Award for Innovation in Dynamic Spectrum Access Policies
  • Award for Increasing Digital Inclusion
  • Award for Internet of Things Innovation
  • Award for University Research on New Opportunities for Dynamic Spectrum Access
  • Award for University Initiative on New Opportunities for Dynamic Spectrum Access

There have been a lot of nominations this year and there are a number of strong candidates. We look forward to presenting the winners at the Global Summit at the end of this month and celebrating the ongoing hard work that is being undertaken with the ultimate goal of worldwide connectivity for everyone through the promotion of dynamic spectrum access.

We are ready to host a very exciting Global Summit in Washington D.C. With only a week to go, we invite you to not miss this exciting event that will look to the future of dynamic spectrum sharing.

DSA 2019 Global Summit

The Dynamic Spectrum Alliance (DSA) will hold its Seventh Annual Global Summit in Washington D.C. on 27 June 2019, and this will be my first time attending a DSA Global Summit as its President. Continuing the work of the DSA around the rest of the year, the Global Summit will bring together people from across the industry to discuss and debate spectrum sharing methods and models, with a focus on the future and how dynamic spectrum sharing can be utilised effectively.

With representatives from across the industry, including the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), regulators, policy makers and academia, we have put together the DSA Global Summit agenda to explore new developments in the spectrum industry. It is an exciting time for spectrum sharing, with recent progress including the bidding for spectrum earmarked for 5G, the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) proposed rulemaking on the 6 GHz band, the Mid-band sharing opportunities with CBRS and beyond, the deployment of TV White Space (TVWS) technology and hybrid fix wireless networks for rural connectivity and the unlicensed possibilities at the milli-metre waves. Using these developments and use cases, speakers at the DSA Global Summit will explore future advances utilising dynamic spectrum methods and mechanisms, like databases.

The 2019 DSA Global Summit is in its seventh year, following many successful previous events. The 2018 DSA Global Summit brought together representatives from 22 different regulatory bodies around the world and had a particular focus on challenges that was facing shared spectrum at the time. The outcome of the 2018 event has shaped the way the DSA has approached shared spectrum developments throughout the past year and has allowed us to target specific areas for further work that will be explored in this year’s agenda.

Opening the Global Summit, speakers will join the first panel ‘6 GHz –Shared Spectrum to Enable Next Gen Wi-Fi and Other Technologies Leveraging Non-Exclusive Unlicensed Spectrum Access’. Following recent FCC rulings, the DSA has continued to show its support for the unlicensed use of the 6GHz band. As surmised in the DSA reply comments to these rulings, the 6 GHz band presents a golden opportunity to increase the use of the band, address increasing demand form unlicensed spectrum and protect incumbents.

Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) is an alternative technology supported by the DSA that is seeing a rise in popularity and discussion around the world. CBRS provides the opportunity to share the 3.5 GHz band, and it has recently been announced that a 5G-specific sharing standard is under development with 5G services planned to commence on the band in 2020. The panel ‘3.5-3.7 GHz Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) Roll-outs: Use Cases and Marketplace Opportunities’ will further delve into these discussions.

Beyond CBRS, there are many ways in which a three tier spectrum licensing framework can be utilised to protect incumbent services, provide the regulatory assurance necessary to attract investment in new technologies and applications and support innovation. Six industry experts will explore this spectrum sharing method on the panel ‘3.7 – 4.2 GHz – Application of Three Tier Spectrum Sharing Beyond CBRS’.

Many countries have taken the next step in the evolution of spectrum policy, through the license-exempt use of TVWS. On a panel dedicated to TVWS, speakers will explore the wide range of applications of TVWS that are particularly useful for providing internet access in rural locations, as these radio waves can travel further and are able to penetrate walls and other obstructions more easily.

The final panel of the DSA Global Summit will explore ‘The Use of Hybrid Fixed Wireless Networks to Close the Digital Divide in Unserved Communities’. The DSA continues to work hard to close the digital divide, primarily through engaging with regulators and government officials to promote and adopt suitable frameworks that will facilitate dynamic access to radio spectrum.

I am honoured to lead the DSA in their ongoing work towards dynamic spectrum access around the world. The DSA Global Summit is truly a platform for the industry to come together and collaborate to encourage progress and development, and the DSA is proud to be a host of this opportunity.

The DSA Global Summit full agenda and further details can be found here.