This blog first appeared on the CBRS Alliance's website on Feb. 5, 2019.
to the Chinese Zodiac calendar, 2019 is the year of the pig. The CBRS
that for the wireless industry, 2019 will be the year of OnGo.
OnGo™ is a brand of the CBRS Alliance. It represents uncompromised
wireless connectivity, enabled by spectrum sharing in the 3.5 GHz band. It was
April 2015 when the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted the Report and Order and Second Further
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, establishing a new Citizens Broadband Radio
Service (CBRS) for shared wireless broadband use of the 3550-3700 MHz (3.5 GHz)
band. For the new ecosystem to come together, numerous stakeholders needed to
reach consensus on the rules of engagement, infrastructure components needed to
be developed, and the band’s incumbent defense users needed to be absolutely
sure that the commercialization of the spectrum would not pose a negative
impact to their systems. The FCC and Department of Defense (DOD) closely
scrutinized the new sharing concept and set strict rules and conditions before
giving it their approvals. It has been nearly four years in the making. All the
major components needed for the launch are now in place, and regulatory compliance
milestones are in the final stages of completion. The stars are finally
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Why are we
so confident that OnGo will rule 2019? There are several reasons. OnGo unleashes
a whopping 150 MHz of dynamically-shared spectrum for commercial use – to offer
perspective, each major U.S. nationwide carrier holds about 130 MHz of mobile
broadband spectrum on average (Source: Comsearch Spectrum Atlas). Out of the 150 MHz, at least 80
MHz will be available for General Authorized Access (GAA) use, which will come
free and without requiring participation in nationwide spectrum auctions. For
those wanting to maintain exclusive use of the frequencies in public spaces, 70
MHz will be available for bidding in the form of Priority Access License (PAL) auctions
on a county level.
like this has never been carried out in the history of the US wireless industry
- or anywhere else in the world, for that matter. OnGo will revolutionize
personal and business communications in ways we cannot fathom today. An estimated
80 percent of mobile traffic originates or terminates within a building. With
the security, low latency and capacity advantages offered by OnGo supported
technologies, and the ease of accessing the new spectrum, it’s not difficult to
prophesize that major changes are in the cards.
industry already has a long list of use cases lined up for OnGo. With the
localized PAL licenses or free GAA licenses, the possibilities
are endless. Neutral hosts can start closing the serious gap in cellular
coverage seen in commercial buildings, MNOs and MVNOs will be able to accelerate
densification outdoors, businesses will be able to securely communicate
sensitive data within their facilities wirelessly, and things will take advantage of the CBRS spectrum for a plethora of Internet
of Things (IoT) applications. The concept of wireless networks, as we have
known it until now, is about to change. Every commercial building, outdoor
commercial complex, university, port authority, airport, and smart city could
potentially have their own wireless network. This will spur innovation and
growth in the communications industry in ways even CBRS Alliance’s crystal ball
journey has not been easy, but the time has finally come. Final rulemaking
around the use of the band has been completed by the FCC, there are already
several OnGo-certified CBRS devices (CBSDs) on the market, SAS and ESC
certifications by the Institute for Telecommunications Sciences are underway
and mobile handset vendors are starting to include CBRS support in their
roadmaps. Initial Commercial Deployment (ICD) of OnGo should begin this quarter.
Numerous players from major wireless and cable service providers, to neutral
host operators, to IoT solutions manufacturers are all planning to participate
in a major way. The ICD period should last one or two months, and then full
commercial service will begin.
sharing is the lucky element that will bring good fortune and prosperity to the
wireless industry. It is clear that 2019 is indeed the year of OnGo.