Will CBRS/OnGo Spur the Private LTE Market?

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4Q 2019 | IN-5666


CBRS Initial Commercial Deployments


After only two months there has been an explosion in the number of CBRS/OnGo Initial Commercial Deployments (ICDs) using the General Authorized Access (GAA) framework, and that’s before Priority Access License (PAL) auctions in June 2020. While most ICDs are not public information, the CBRS Alliance has illustrated the number of ICD locations in this “heat map” graphic:

  OnGo Nationwide Deployments  

These ICD deployments are authorized for a 30-day period at the end of which the Spectrum Access System (SAS) providers submitted results to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for final certification and full commercial service in November/December 2019.

Although the complete list of ICDs is not public, we can start to see the use cases and extent of the likely full commercial services. For example, after the FCC authorized the CBRS ICD on September 16, 2019, SAS provider Federated Wireless immediately announced that it is in ICD with more than 20 customers in both urban and rural areas in 36 states.

One of these ICDs has been deployed…

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