The Citizens Broadband Radio Service at 3.5 GHz is ushering in a new approach to in-building connectivity, allowing venues, enterprises and building owners to control their wireless service through dedicated private LTE systems. One company, Geoverse, is taking it one step further serving as an “inside-out” mobile operator.
Geoverse is owned by ATNI, a public company that has been owning and operating mobile, fixed, and CATV providers for over 30 years in Latin America, the Caribbean and the United States. As a result of this relationship, Geoverse can leverage all the existing roaming agreements ATNI has established with major carriers for their Private LTE solutions. In addition, Geoverse’s patented platform known as GeoTrade presents a real opportunity for monetizing the roaming agreements between the public carrier networks and the in-building Private LTE network. The integrated roaming and monetization capabilities are key differentiators when compared to other in-building solutions.
“When I heard that enterprises were going to be able to build their own private LTE systems, that’s when I realized we were really on to something,” Carl Gunell, Geoverse co-founder and SVP of Marketing and Business Development, told AGL eDigest. “We thought there might be 10,000 or more private LTE systems in the United States some day and they will need a commercial relationship between the network and the carrier.”
Cellular was built for outdoor use, but 80 percent of the time wireless calls are initiated indoors. Cell towers, however, do not penetrate the walls and windows of office buildings very well. DAS deployments in buildings have only proved to be cost effective in the largest venues and buildings. Many companies have tried different methods to make in-building wireless less expensive and to speed up the process of securing a signal source from the carriers.
“We are moving away from the traditional DAS model that required a lot of carrier coordination,” Gunell said. “Now with CBRS being commercialized, we put in less costly infrastructure that will be in the control of the building owner or enterprise without sacrificing any capability in terms of functionality such as roaming.”
Ericsson’s Radio Dot System provides in-building coverage and capacity for Geoverse’s enterprise private LTE offering. Geoverse and RF Connect have partnered to streamline the design, network engineering, and deployment of some early projects. However, Geoverse has an open solution architecture and will also use other vendors, VAR’s and integrators as the needs demand. Additionally, Geoverse has its own in-house LTE evolved packet core called GeoCore. GeoCore is the network element that enables the seamless roaming between the Private LTE networks and Public Carrier Networks.
“We look at CBRS, not as a new technology, but as a new paradigm. What is really rule-breaking about the service is it gives the control over the network to the enterprise,” Gunell said. “With CBRS, cellular communications is no longer the private domain of the major mobile operators. If a building wants better connectivity, it is on their budget not the carriers’ budgets. It’s on their timeline not the carriers’ timelines. The enterprise doesn’t have to beg for a signal source.”
Geoverse’s full-building solution when used alongside IoT sensors enables a ‘smart building’ can help a building owner or enterprise identify inefficient systems and processes, monitoring temperature, lighting, room use and desk use.
“The landlord owns all the data concerning how many people are using each small cell in the building and at what times they occupy those spaces. They have visibility into network operations and performance,” Gunell said.
They can also use the same CBRS network as the common platform for all kinds of connectivity, providing hubs and gateways to connect legacy devices.
When Geoverse and the enterprise build a Private LTE network inside of the building, that network can offer additional coverage and capacity for the carriers. Carriers want to be assured of call quality and the GeoTrade platform assures this metric via Service Level Agreements.
“We can guarantee AT&T that we have five-nines capability in the building, leading to satisfied users,” Gunell said. “Because the GeoCore EPC can be deployed inside the Building, you get a 5G-like experience with a 4G LTE Advanced Network, with low latency and high reliability.”
ExteNet Systems has deployed a Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) network on the 3.5 GHz band for Mile High Networks. Mile High Networks is a fixed wireless broadband internet service provider based in Prescott, Ariz.
This deployment will be among the first in this new band of shared spectrum commercially operational in the U.S., adding to ExteNet’s existing portfolio of CBRS deployments and the momentum built with wireless internet service providers.
“We pursued a relationship with ExteNet because of their reputation for quality and overall experience in CBRS,” said Nathan Fillmore, CEO at Mile High Networks. “This deployment will allow us to deliver reliable and high-speed internet that rivals network performances in metro areas. We are expecting our customers to have the confidence in our network performance to work on high-bandwidth applications, whether from home or at work, and depend on the network for reliable HD voice and VoIP calls. Utilizing the CBRS spectrum ensures lower cost of ownership for us and we are pleased with ExteNet for their technical expertise and guidance.”
Mile High Networks serves all of Yavapai County and the commercial CBRS network is anticipated to be available for customers beginning Q4 2019.
“Besides time-to-market, CBRS delivers much-needed network capacity, speed and bandwidth to serve outdoor and indoor needs for our rural customers,” said Jason Osborne, VP of strategic solutions at ExteNet Systems. “Mile High Networks has unique needs with a clear business plan, and we are extremely pleased to help them initiate their broadband service in a cost-effective manner for both residential and commercial use.”
With roughly 2,000 CBRS sites under contract, ExteNet is trialing several outdoor and in-building CBRS networks with use cases ranging from Private LTE to capacity offload.
An OnGo LTE network using the 3.5 GHz Citizen Broadband Radio Services (CBRS) has been deployed in Times Square by Connectivity Wireless, on of the first first publicly-announced deployment of CBRS services since the FCC greenlighted CBRS initial commercial deployments (ICD) on September 16. Connectivity Wireless partnered with Athonet, Federated Wireless, CommScope, and Sky Connect Networks in deployment of the new network.
“This trial underscores our mission to promote economic development in Times Square by leveraging cutting-edge technology,” said Tim Tompkins, President of the Times Square Alliance. “We believe CBRS holds the potential to help deliver greater levels of security and improve the experience of visitors and businesses through digital innovation.”
Times Square is one of the most iconic and heavily visited locations in the world, with visitors placing intense demands on carrier LTE networks and available Wi-Fi spectrum. With new OnGo connectivity on CBRS bands, Connectivity Wireless and its partners will attempt to show how simple, agile and cost-effective it is to deploy high-performance LTE networks on clean spectrum for operational and critical communications.
“We are excited to pioneer OnGo services on the CBRS spectrum deployment in Times Square,” said Nader Famili, SVP of Technology Planning and Development at Connectivity Wireless. “This trial will demonstrate Connectivity Wireless’ ability and commitment to deploy private LTE and IoT networks on the 3.5GHz band using multiple uses cases.”
The trial started on September 30, 2019 and will last until October 15, 2019.
Key applications shown on the Connectivity Wireless Times Square network will comprise:
“Times Square is an ideal showcase for our new CBRS LTE solutions,” said Joel Lindholm, VP of CBRS for CommScope. “Ruckus Networks’ CBRS LTE delivers business-critical wireless connections in a solution that is easy for operators, enterprises or government entities to deploy and manage. CBRS is ideal for use cases that require the highest QoS and reliability, as well as for locations where macro-LTE networks are not available or face density challenges. Connectivity Wireless’ Times Square deployment validates CBRS can support diverse use cases in even the most challenging environments.”
JMA Wireless is deploying a private LTE network using Citizen Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) to improve the consumer experience in the American Dream complex in East Rutherford, New Jersey, a 3 million-square-foot project with 450 shops catering 40 million visitors annually with retail, dining and entertainment.
In partnership with JMA, the American Dream will roll out CBRS deployments focusing on outdoor spaces for comprehensive traffic management, parking and wayfinding information systems. Using private and dedicated use spectrum, these guest experience systems operate independent of public use Wi-Fi and cellular networks. Additional uses will evolve for fixed and mobile devices including video cameras, digital displays, vehicle connectivity, internal use communications, and IoT for facility operations.
JMA partner, Advanced Network Services, is deploying JMA’s commercial carrier and private wireless technology for American Dream, providing guests and tenants with unrivaled connectivity inside and outside the complex. Both networks leverage a high-capacity, multi-service shared wireless infrastructure centered on JMA’s TEKO and NWAV distributed radio and antenna systems. The private network, used for facility operations and guest services, is one of the nation’s first FCC-authorized commercial deployments using the new CBRS shared spectrum at 3.5 GHz.
CellAntenna announced that its DAS installation teams are certified for Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS)/OnGo deployments. With multiple teams deployed on both coasts as well as in the central United States, the company is positioned to support the buildout of OnGo Certified CBRS networks across the country, the company announced the OnGo Initial Commercial Deployment (ICD) Launch event last week.
“The success of CBRS will be driven by the widespread installation of the OnGo Certified technology. The unique operations of CBRS licensing and dynamic sharing of spectrum demand a new level of compliance for installation as well as operations,” said Howard Melamed, president of CellAntenna, “With our team CPI Certified, CellAntenna is ready to support CBRS/OnGo deployments.”
CBRS fits with commercial networks to leverage the mid-band spectrum for additional network capacity for 4G and future 5G services. The wireless industry anticipates large scale buildouts of the technology starting in the fourth quarter of 2019 continuing through the next several years.
CBRS is the latest technology addition to the CellAntenna end-to-end DAS service portfolio. The company leverages over eighteen years of DAS experience spanning from traditional active and passive systems through to the latest fiber driven small cell architectures, including Ericsson’s Radio DOT and SpiderCloud’s Service and Radio nodes. With its CBRS-CPI certification, CellAntenna is now able to install OnGo certified equipment.