CBRS Alliance & Small Cell Forum to Drive Wide-scale Adoption of Small Cells

The CBRS Alliance and the Small Cell Forum have announced an agreement to cooperate closely to advance the use of the Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) spectrum band. Under the new agreement, the organizations will work together on a variety of initiatives related to the wide-scale adoption of small cells, network densification, and the development, commercialization, and adoption of OnGo-certified solutions for the 3.5 GHz band.

As part of the agreement, the organizations will partner on the development and joint promotion of resources relating to shared spectrum and OnGo small cells in order to accelerate deployment. Identified areas of collaboration include investigating multi-operator solutions in the 3.5 GHz band, defining indoor solution architectures for densification, and exploring the international opportunity for Spectrum Access System-coordinated shared spectrum.

According to recent forecasts by the Small Cell Forum, unlicensed and shared spectrum could account for up to 36 percent of small cell deployments by 2022. The CBRS Alliance is working closely with industry and government entities to facilitate the testing and certification of OnGo small cells, referred to in the specifications as Citizens Broadband Radio Service Devices (CBSDs). A number of vendors have already demonstrated prototypes and conducted live trials of these small cells. In conjunction, the Small Cell Forum continues to play a significant role in defining how small cells will behave in shared spectrum. Through this partnership, both organizations will be closely aligned on technical specification requirements and testing results of CBSDs for both indoor and neutral host use cases.

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