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Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS)


Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS)

Secure networks for Utilities

U.S. Utilities companies need secure networks for the growing data requirements resulting from modernization, automation, and remote devices. And, exponential Big Data growth lies ahead, especially with distributed models, grid applications, and solutions like Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI).

Forward-thinking companies are already researching and testing reliable, high-capacity private LTE networks designed to be highly-secure and vastly scalable.

Thanks to the U.S. Government’s new shared commercial use of the 3.5 GHz band called the Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS), private LTE networks can become more accessible starting in 2018. With CBRS, Nokia can supply Utilities companies with a toolset to create specific business outcomes.

As a founding member of the CBRS Alliance, Nokia is the expert in designing and building private LTE networks that maximize the benefits of the shared spectrum.

Nokia has the industry expertise and award-winning networks to help Utilities companies connect their people, equipment and information. Contact us today to learn more.

Award winning products and support

Nokia offers a comprehensive LTE-based CBRS solution to Utilities companies based on its award-winning Flexi Zone Small Cells, IP Backhaul range and evolved packet core (EPC), supported by global services expertise.


CBRS delivery speed highlighted in virtual reality racing car experience

The same reliability required by Utilities can be seen in a recent LTE-based CBRS demonstration. In this use case, a 365-degree virtual reality experience was delivered over the CBRS network in race cars going more than 160 m.p.h.


Nokia CBRS neutral host demonstration for subway

First-ever demonstration single TDD LTE network using 3.5GHz that can serve multiple operators and service providers.

  • Significantly low total cost of ownership (TCO) with enhanced coverage and capacity
  • Monitor and control renewable energy sources such as solar panels and wind turbines
  • Private, highly secure, reliable and high-capacity LTE network
  • Elimination of licensing fees paid to carriers
  • Simple, rapid deployment
  • Future-proof investment and Carrier-grade security
  • Strong authentication keeps rogue devices and users off the network
  • Firewalls control access

In early 2017, Nokia unveiled a world-first demonstration of CBRS-FDD four carrier aggregation connected to Nokia Bell Labs Spectrum Access System (SAS) using a test device from Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. A peak downlink throughput of up to 676 Mbps is achieved, which is four times higher than a single carrier system.


Nokia, Alphabet's Access Group and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. joined forces to demonstrate the first live demo of a private LTE network over CBRS shared spectrum at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The companies built a virtual reality zone inside stock car race cars operating at the Richard Petty Driving Experience, with 360° video streaming to provide an "in car" experience in real time. The demonstration, which achieved speeds in excess of 180 mph, showed not only how the combination of a new CBRS band and innovative technologies can offer new audience experiences, but also how shared spectrum can be used by venues and enterprises to deploy their own private LTE network to offer new services.


GE Digital, Nokia and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM), announced that the companies have successfully demonstrated a private LTE network for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) market; meshing together each party’s platforms and technologies. In addition, the companies have announced plans to further research and conduct live field trials throughout 2017 based on this demonstration, designed to advance the digitization of industrial processes.

Industrial companies often have local connectivity needs and operate in remote locations or temporary sites, such as mines, power plants, offshore oil platforms, factories, warehouses or ports—connectivity for these environments can be challenging. A standalone LTE network to serve devices and users within a localized area can help improve performance and reliability for these industrial settings.

Private LTE-based networks utilize LTE-based technologies in shared/unlicensed/dedicated-licensed spectrum. This demonstration utilizes LTE-TDD in the US 3.5 GHz shared spectrum band also known as Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS).

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Nokia supports the use of CBRS LTE with operators’ existing packet core networks, as well as enterprises deploying a Private LTE network using small cells and either their own small-scale packet core or through a Nokia cloud-hosted packet core.