Google, Nokia and others forge alliance for 3.5 GHz CBRS

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A half-dozen wireless heavyweights announced a partnership to boost LTE-based offerings using the shared spectrum of the 3.5 GHz Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) band.

Qualcomm, Nokia, Intel, Google’s Access Technologies, Federated Wireless and Ruckus Wireless unveiled the CBRS Alliance, building on an earlier agreement to help develop an ecosystem centered on the CBRS airwaves. The FCC adopted rules for CBRS earlier this year, opening 150 MHz of spectrum in the 3550-3700 MHz band for commercial use. A Spectrum Access System (SAS), which is now in the process of being hammered out at the FCC with prospective coordinators, will make it possible to share spectrum where it hasn't been done before.

The companies said that the expected allocations of 3400 to 3600 MHz spectrum in several countries will bring increased demand for LTE offerings worldwide, which will create economies of scale. The new group said LTE-based solutions in the CBRS band using shared spectrum can enable both in-building and outdoor coverage and capacity expansion on a major level.

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