An OnGo LTE network using the 3.5 GHz Citizen Broadband Radio Services (CBRS) has been deployed in Times Square by Connectivity Wireless, on of the first first publicly-announced deployment of CBRS services since the FCC greenlighted CBRS initial commercial deployments (ICD) on September 16. Connectivity Wireless partnered with Athonet, Federated Wireless, CommScope, and Sky Connect Networks in deployment of the new network.
“This trial underscores our mission to promote economic development in Times Square by leveraging cutting-edge technology,” said Tim Tompkins, President of the Times Square Alliance. “We believe CBRS holds the potential to help deliver greater levels of security and improve the experience of visitors and businesses through digital innovation.”
Times Square is one of the most iconic and heavily visited locations in the world, with visitors placing intense demands on carrier LTE networks and available Wi-Fi spectrum. With new OnGo connectivity on CBRS bands, Connectivity Wireless and its partners will attempt to show how simple, agile and cost-effective it is to deploy high-performance LTE networks on clean spectrum for operational and critical communications.
“We are excited to pioneer OnGo services on the CBRS spectrum deployment in Times Square,” said Nader Famili, SVP of Technology Planning and Development at Connectivity Wireless. “This trial will demonstrate Connectivity Wireless’ ability and commitment to deploy private LTE and IoT networks on the 3.5GHz band using multiple uses cases.”
The trial started on September 30, 2019 and will last until October 15, 2019.
Key applications shown on the Connectivity Wireless Times Square network will comprise:
“Times Square is an ideal showcase for our new CBRS LTE solutions,” said Joel Lindholm, VP of CBRS for CommScope. “Ruckus Networks’ CBRS LTE delivers business-critical wireless connections in a solution that is easy for operators, enterprises or government entities to deploy and manage. CBRS is ideal for use cases that require the highest QoS and reliability, as well as for locations where macro-LTE networks are not available or face density challenges. Connectivity Wireless’ Times Square deployment validates CBRS can support diverse use cases in even the most challenging environments.”