Federated Wireless has brought its CBRS network online in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to deliver service to the region’s wireless internet service providers (WISPs) and mobile network operators (MNOs), the company said. With the buildout and deployment of its environmental sensing capability (ESC) network, high-speed broadband will now be available in hard-to-reach regions of the area, including those affected by recent hurricanes.
“This new capability also will enable local carriers to enhance network performance through mid-spectrum bandwidth,” a statement from the company reads. The statement said that Federated is a shared spectrum and private network pioneer, and the first to bring a CBRS network online in the two Caribbean territories.
The FCC) announced plans in May 2021 to make the mid-band spectrum in the 3.5 GHz band (3550 to 3700 MHz) available for 5G and other advanced wireless services to an array of operations, clearing the path for commercial deployments in the band in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, according to Federated.
Customers would be able to use their CBRS private access licenses and the lower 100 megahertz of CBRS to enable new services where there is a great need for reliable, high-performance internet connectivity, according to Don Hutton, Federated Wireless’ senior vice president of sales.
“The expansion of our ESC network into Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands further exemplifies our leadership in CBRS,” Hutton said.
Federated said provides broadband services to multiple customers in the region, including Aeronet, a wireless broadband company serving startups, small and mid-size businesses, corporations and ISPs in Puerto Rico.
“We selected Federated Wireless as our SAS vendor due to their wealth of experience with network building and their premier ESC network,” said Gino Villarini, founder and president of Aeronet. “As a PAL winner, licensed spectrum will help us to guarantee future operations for our customers and further enable their business model in areas lacking connectivity.”
Federated said its ESC network is redundant and hardened to withstand catastrophic weather, such as hurricanes and tropical storms.
“This, combined with its market-leading SAS, hosted on AWS, will enable the delivery of high performance, high reliability connectivity to the internet,” the company statement reads. “The CBRS market leader, Federated Wireless was the first to launch a commercial SAS and ESC network, which have been deployed across several vertical markets with numerous use cases in the continental United States.”
The company said that Federated Wireless has more than 200 customers with about 70,000 connected devices in the United States and its territories. The Federated customer base includes electric co-ops, large interstate gas and electric, oil refineries and Tier 1MNOs, including Verizon Wireless nationwide CBRS 4G and 5G, the company said. It said additional deployments include Tier 1 cable operators and tower companies, and more than 100 regional and rural WISPs.