UPDATE Wednesday, the CBRS Alliance, an industry organization focused on driving the development, commercialization, and adoption of OnGo shared spectrum solutions, celebrated the start of initial commercial deployment of OnGo service in the CBRS 3.5 GHz band. The FCC on Monday approved five entities including Google and Sony to start using the airwaves, which are intended to support a variety of data-intensive functions, Inside Towers reported. The band is currently occupied by government bodies including the Navy, which will share the spectrum with commercial players under a technology worked out over several years.
Representatives from several stakeholders attended, including Michael O’Rielly, FCC Commissioner; Frederick Moorefield, Jr., Department of Defense Deputy Chief Information Officer for Command, Control, Communications and Computers and Information Infrastructure Capabilities; and Diane Rinaldo, Assistant Secretary, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, Department of Commerce (Acting). Representatives from AT&T, Charter, Motorola, Verizon and WISPA also attended.
GOP Commissioner Mike O’Rielly called yesterday a “culmination” of longtime efforts between government and industry. “Clearing spectrum should always be the goal, but the dynamic sharing model that has been created will serve as a blueprint for when sharing is the only option, not only in the U.S. but also for the many nations that have been carefully following this proceeding,” he said.
“Industry — from start-ups to established companies — are clamoring to begin unlicensed-like service in the band, with the ability to obtain licenses next year,” said O’Rielly. “Moreover, the flexible, technology-driven solution designed to protect incumbents will provide benefits for years to come.”
CBRS Alliance President Dave Wright said: “Over the past six years, our members have contributed incredible amounts of time, energy, and innovation to making OnGo a reality. OnGo delivers a new alternative to help address the increasing need for reliable, cost-effective wireless services. It introduces new economic opportunity for small and large businesses alike and will help address an industry-wide challenge of supporting new connectivity needs across the U.S.”
To demonstrate early use cases for OnGo, Verizon, Dallas Love Field Airport, Aristotle Wireless, American Dream Meadowlands Mall, and a large metropolitan rapid transit operator in Dallas showcased deployment videos, highlighting the usability, dependability, and cost-effectiveness of OnGo solutions. O’Rielly unveiled a map of OnGo deployments during the initial commercial deployment phase, which showcased thousands of sites.
Initial commercial deployment is scheduled to proceed for 30 days, with live results provided to the government for final review. These early commercial deployments will continue and expand, leading to certification and full commercial service in the fourth quarter of this year.
September 19, 2019
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