Vistabeam Wants to Experiment With LTE in the CBRS Band

Company holds a nationwide non-exclusive 3650-3700 MHz service license and uses it to provide last-mile fixed broadband service to customers throughout Nebraska, Wyoming and Colorado November 7, 2017

GERING, Neb. — Vistabeam is a WISP that wants to use the 3.5 GHz Citizens Broadband Radio Service spectrum to conduct an experiment with LTE. The purpose is of the experiment is to get a better understanding of the benefits, challenges and costs associated with near-term deployment of LTE equipment in the 3650-3700 MHz band and to compare performance and capabilities of two manufacturers’ (Telrad and Baicells) equipment and technology, according to Fierce Wireless.

The company holds a nationwide non-exclusive 3650-3700 MHz service license and uses it to provide last-mile fixed broadband service to customers throughout a 45,000-square-mile area of Nebraska, southeastern Wyoming and northeastern Colorado. It currently provides broadband service to about 4,000 customers in rural areas of Nebraska. The CBRS LTE tests would take place in Nebraska and Wyoming.

Assuming the trial is successful, Vistabeam expects to use a combination of Priority Access Licenses and General Authorized Access “license by rule” spectrum across the entire 150 megahertz of 3550-3700 MHz spectrum, according to the same article. Just last month, the FCC voted to seek comments on proposed changes to the 3.5 GHz CBRS rules, including longer PAL license terms, renewability, larger geographic license areas and auction methodology. The changes created controversy because the commission initially voted on CBRS rules two years ago and affirmed them last year, prompting many companies to make business plans and investments based on said rules.

 

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