|Quotes on CBRS in the news: Charters Small Cells, Federated certifies Hundreds of devices & TMUS plans,|
Charter, Federated tout CBRS momentum, but T-Mobile worries over 5G suitability by Mike Dano | Nov 30, 2017 The 3.5 GHz CBRS spectrum band continues to generate interest in the wireless industry. DALLAS—...
Karri Kuoppamaki, VP of network technology development and strategy for T-Mobile... “It’s the band with the most potential,” he said ... “3.5 GHz seems to be a golden opportunity.” ... He also said that ultimately T-Mobile would look to use spectrum in whatever form it is available. Indeed, the carrier has filed to test services in the 3.5 GHz band.
While Kuoppamaki voiced some concerns about CBRS, Charter’s Craig Cowden, the company’s SVP of wireless technology, said the cable operator hopes to use the 3.5 GHz band in part to offer wireless services on licensed small cells. Such a service would allow Charter to offload traffic from its forthcoming MVNO service onto its CBRS small cells. “We are moving from Wi-Fi-first to small cell-first,” Cowden said... Charter has made no secret of its interest in the CBRS band as a way to supplement the MVNO offering the company has said it will launch through Verizon next year.
For his part, Iyad Tarazi said that his company continues to see momentum behind CBRS. Tarazi is the CEO of Federated Wireless, which is one of several companies looking to provide SAS services for the CBRS band—SAS providers will essentially operate a database of 3.5 GHz users in order to manage and oversee spectrum sharing. Tarazi said that Federated Wireless to date has conducted fully 30 CBRS trials, and counts 20 different vendors that have built products that work with its SAS database. He added that there are hundreds of different devices that have connected into Federated’s SAS system.