December 8, 2016 — Nokia is set to showcase its latest 5G-related innovations at IEEE Globecom 2016, including an end-to-end spectrum access system that will allow operators to leverage shared spectrum in the 3.5 GHz Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) band. This technology is designed to enhance in-building and outdoor 4G coverage and capacity while reducing total cost of operation, according to the company.
Last August, Nokia and five other wireless technology leaders launched the CBRS Alliance to develop, market and promote LTE-based solutions using the shared spectrum of the 3.5 GHz CBRS band. The other companies were Access Technologies (Alphabet), Federated Wireless, Intel, Qualcomm and Ruckus Wireless (now part of Brocade).
In February, the 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 FCC’s ruling for CBRS, which opened 150 MHz of spectrum (3550-3700 MHz) for commercial use. The Alliance also supports the Wireless Innovation Forum’s efforts to develop and drive the adoption of standards around the unique aspects of operation in the CBRS band, which include providing standardized radio interfaces to the spectrum access system (SAS), interfaces between SASs, protection of federal and incumbent use operations, and managing the coexistence among those sharing the band.