Spectrum Sharing Shows Promise for Broadband Access

By Jeff Johnston

May 16, 2019

Key Points

  • Citizens Broadband Radio Service, or CBRS, has introduced a new spectrum sharing business model that will improve broadband coverage in rural America.
  • A robust hardware ecosystem will help reduce capital costs and give operators time to market benefits.
  • Spectrum sharing enables smaller operators to deploy “carrier grade” fixed wireless networks without having to invest in licensed spectrum.
  • Deploying standards-based equipment will increase network valuations, improve throughput speeds, and make regional CBRS operators strategically attractive to tier-one operators looking to expand their coverage footprints.
  • The CBRS band is an attractive option for CAF-II recipients to meet their buildout requirements.

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