Industry’s First FCC Certified Embedded Module for CBRS Networks

Sierra Wireless has announced that the AirPrime EM7565 LTE-Advanced Pro Embedded Module has been granted FCC approval and is the first embedded module available for Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) networks in the U.S. This enables organizations to operate their own LTE networks in areas such as colleges and corporate campuses, arenas, airports, ports, and warehouses.

The Sierra Wireless module is approved to operate in the 3.5 GHz CBRS radio band which was traditionally used by U.S. Navy radar systems. This band has now been made available for private LTE (and other technology) networks or for cellular carriers to augment their existing services. The 3GPP has authorized the use of Band 48 for CBRS so that LTE products can use the new CBRS band in addition to the U.S. cellular carrier bands. Outside of the U.S. and not considered CBRS, the 3GPP has defined other 3.5 GHz bands that are expected to quickly enable 5G services in regions where these bands are available, including Europe, Japan, and Brazil.

As the CBRS ecosystem of infrastructure, carriers, and modules roll out, it becomes much easier for organizations to operate their own LTE networks with more device and service options for users. For example, a college campus could deploy a CBRS network to provide unlimited data to users while on campus, or an oil and gas company could provide LTE coverage to connect tablets, rugged handhelds, routers, and other equipment in a remote oil field. Seen as a more secure alternative to Wi-Fi, CBRS networks can support both low and high-bandwidth applications, do not require spectrum licenses and are expected to reduce the cost of data transmission.

Part of the AirPrime EM75 Series, the EM7565 embedded module now supports emerging CBRS networks with the EM7511 expected to complete FCC approval shortly. In addition to providing 4G LTE Advanced Pro Cat-12 coverage, including FirstNet LTE Band 14, the EM75 Series has 3G fallback, integrated GNSS and support for secure, authenticated firmware-over-the-air (FOTA) updates and offered in the PCI Express M.2 form factor. For more information, click here.