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October 25

FCC Vote Boosts 5G in United States

With so much talk surrounding 5G, this week brought exciting news to the evolving world of wireless technology. On Tuesday, the FCC voted to establish the rules on licensing for the 3.5 MHz (CBRS) band, immediately making available additional spectrum for indoor 5G deployments.

The result of this vote will make 5G more accessible to the enterprise – which means businesses need to understand how they can best support these new network offerings when deciding on the solution they will deploy.

It’s easy to get lost when you see terms such as “licensing”, “unlicensed” and “MHz” being thrown around, but when broken down, it becomes clear that the result of this vote will make 5G more accessible to the enterprise – which means businesses need to understand how they can best support these new network offerings when deciding on the solution they will deploy. In-building connectivity has not only become an expectation by consumers and end-users, it also serves as the foundation for how organizations can utilize the growing possibilities of business-critical IoT applications. Failing to understand and properly prepare for what these wireless developments offer will put businesses at a severe disadvantage. Based on signal propagation characteristics, it is reasonable to plan indoor non-fixed (mobile) 5G deployments in both licensed spectrum below 2700MHz and this newly approved 3.5GHz mid-band spectrum. Further, the CBRS/OnGo Alliance has thus far defined 147 different frequency combinations that will be in use by the operators who plan on utilizing newly approved 3.5GHz spectrum in sync with licensed spectrum they already own.

FCC Votes to Make CBRS Band More 5G Friendly

By voting to establish the rules on licenses for 3.5 GHz (CBRS), the FCC has also made it more attractive for enterprise end users to obtain their own spectrum for in-building private LTE use for mission-critical business and IoT applications. The general concept is that this vote makes both private LTE and 5G much closer to reality for investors and business owners. These new terms make it easier for organizations other than the carriers to bid on a share of the 5G spectrum as well.

This vote makes both private LTE and 5G much closer to reality for investors and business owners.

Particularly for enterprises, this marks an opportune time to invest in and execute sweeping IoT modernization strategies that may have been delayed for any number of reasons. Additionally, it will provide employees with a best-in-class connectivity solution, efficiently encompassing large chunks of spectrum.

As the wireless landscape continues to evolve, so will the hardware requirements that support it. Zinwave’s DAS solution is the most viable solution in the market for the future of 4G, private LTE and 5G as well as public safety due to its full-spectrum, single platform design. While the frequencies at play are yet to be fully understood, we’ve designed our solution to be prepared to support any band within the spectrum from day one. Since there is no hardware overhaul necessary when looking to support these new offerings, current and future Zinwave customers are able to experience the lowest total cost of ownership in the market.

The future is now. While businesses that realize the benefits of an adaptable wireless solution early will reap the first rewards, it’s not too late to install a solution that’s ready for the next big wireless shakeup. With many of the barriers now removed, even if you don’t take advantage of licensed and unlicensed wireless technology, you can be sure the competition will.

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