SNS Telecom & IT’s latest research report indicates that annual investments in LTE and 5G NR-based RAN (Radio Access Network) infrastructure for Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) networks will surpass $1 billion by 2023, despite the ongoing economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
After years of regulatory, standardization and technical implementation activities, the United States’ dynamic, three-tiered, hierarchical framework to coordinate shared use of 150 MHz of spectrum in the 3.5 GHz CBRS band has become a commercial reality. The shared spectrum arrangement is access technology neutral. The 3GPP cellular wireless ecosystem is at the forefront of CBRS adoption given the desirability of mid-band spectrum for both LTE and 5G NR network build outs due to the bands propagation characteristics and capacity.
Following authorization of full commercial deployment by the FCC and completion of the recent Priority Access License auction, LTE-based CBRS network deployments are beginning to gain momentum, according to SNS. It cites thousands of operational cell sites throughout the country to support use cases such as mobile network densification, fixed wireless access, neutral host infrastructure, and private cell networks for enterprises and vertical industries.
In the coming years, SNS anticipates the rollout of 5G NR network equipment operating in the CBRS band; that, says the telecom consultancy, will lay the foundations for advanced application scenarios with more demanding performance requirements in terms of throughput, latency, reliability, availability and connection density.
The CBRS market remains largely unfazed by the economic disruption associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, with the exception of certain enterprise and vertical submarkets. SNS Telecom & IT estimates that annual investments in LTE and 5G NR-based CBRS RAN infrastructure will account for more than $300 million by the end of 2020.
Complemented by an expanding selection of CBRS-equipped end user devices, the market is further expected to grow at a CAGR of approximately 52 percent between 2020 and 2023 to surpass $1 billion in annual spending by 2023.
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