The CBRS Alliance, an industry organization focused on driving the development, commercialization, and adoption of OnGo™ shared spectrum solutions, recently celebrated the first anniversary of OnGo connectivity in the 3.5 GHz CBRS Band, recognizing strong momentum in 4G LTE deployments and the development of 5G standards. Industry participation in the recent Priority Access Licenses (PAL) auction, an important milestone toward reaching the full potential of the spectrum sharing model, further demonstrated the growing market demand for OnGo deployments, said the group.
As of September 1, 2020, there are over 100 FCC-authorized end-user devices and over 35 OnGo certified devices. On September 16, 2019, the FCC, in coordination with the National Telecommunications and Information Administration and the Department of Defense, approved the start of OnGo commercialization, a milestone that marked the opening of key U.S. mid-band spectrum for exciting new wireless services. Over the past 12 months, tens of thousands of CBRS devices were deployed to satisfy a range of indoor and outdoor use cases, including mobile broadband, fixed wireless access, and enterprise private LTE networks.
CBRS Alliance membership nearly quadrupled since the inaugural meeting in April 2017, and now includes more than 175 active member companies who recognize the value that shared spectrum technology brings to enterprises and consumers alike. Increasingly, membership not only includes network operators, WISPs, device manufacturers, and other solution providers, but also end user organizations, such as the University of New Mexico, further showcasing the breadth and depth of the ever-growing OnGo ecosystem.
The recently-completed PAL auction generated over $4.5 billion with the participation of 271 qualified organizations. The auction offered up to seven licenses in each county, for a total of 22,631 nationwide – the largest number of spectrum licenses ever made available for bidding in a single auction. The auction, and now post-auction submissions of FCC Form 601, are the final components towards fully engaging the innovative three-tier shared spectrum model in the CBRS band, unleashing billions in value with new wireless services.
“We are pleased with the robust, diverse, and rapidly expanding ecosystem that has formed and the amazing pace of commercial deployments and interest in OnGo to-date,” said CBRS Alliance President Dave Wright. “Looking ahead over the next six to 12 months, we anticipate OnGo private LTE initiatives to gain steam, in addition to a steady growth in fixed wireless, mobile operator, and cable deployments, as organizations harness the CBRS band to address business-critical applications and use cases, in industries as such healthcare, education, manufacturing, and others. The CBRS Alliance will continue to educate the market about the benefits of OnGo solutions and highlight its opportunities to enhance new and existing enterprise networks.”
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