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Citizens Broadband Radio Service has the potential to disrupt the mobile operators' grip on cellular voice and data services by enabling new players – enterprises, schools, hotels and hospitals – to build and operate their own private LTE networks. It could also give wired broadband providers a way to enter the wireless market. In addition, it should enable existing 3.5 GHz license holders – wireless ISPs – to expand their products and services. This report profiles more than 30 CBRS vendors and forecasts installed CBRS nodes through 2022. It also explains spectrum sharing, mobile network architecture, and CBRS business models.


Much depends on how the FCC decides to auction this shared spectrum. On balance, larger allocations and longer license terms favor the nationwide wireless carriers, while shorter terms and smaller allocations favor enterprises and private networks. This report explains what the FCC is considering, and what factors could influence its decision.

Whatever the FCC decides, the vendors who supply CBRS radios are poised to benefit, as are the suppliers of software that enables spectrum sharing. This report includes profiles of these companies and explanations of how they play in the CBRS market. 




3.5 GHz CBRS: Disrupting the Disruptive Spectrum

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