Google and Federated Wireless aren’t the only companies building out CBRS SAS (Spectrum Access System). I spoke with Mark Gibson of CommScope, which is well on track to launch service next year, too. He shared his perspective of the CBRS market, clarified likely timescales as well as how and where we are likely to see it rolled out.
In a world of ever more sophisticated smartphones, it’s easy to overlook the fact that half of the world rely on GSM for their cellular service. Rather than dying out, in some regions 2G has a long life ahead of it. That’s why Parallel Wireless has added 2G to its solution, primarily to address strong market demand in developing countries.
Gigabit LTE is becoming a reality today and being strongly hyped at the moment, combining several techniques and frequency bands to achieve headline peak data rates. We review the different alternatives and consider if this is a threat to 5G.
Internet Wi-Fi is becoming the latest must-have service when airborne. Ben Ash, Special Projects Business Development at ip.access, argues that there is equally a strong case for cellular service onboard. He explains how small cell technology has evolved to deliver cellular service in the sky and highlights key differences between Wi-Fi and cellular service experience.
There is a huge range of free OpenSource software and hardware designs for many applications. We looked at whether there’s enough available to build your own LTE small cell and found it wanting. At the moment, you’d be better off buying a professional product unless for lab and experimental purposes. Meanwhile several well-funded projects with substantial support from Facebook and several large operators are planning to change that, ultimately aiming for commercial deployment within major mobile networks.