CBRS – High quality services on shared spectrum
Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) allows the deployment of services in the 3550 MHz to 3700 MHz band, previously available only to US federal users. CBRS enables LTE to deliver cost-effective mobile broadband in shared frequencies without the need to purchase licensed spectrum, yet without the interference issues of unlicensed spectrum.
CBRS allows enterprises, cable operators and large industrial users to build their own private LTE and Internet of Things (IoT) networks, while operators can use CBRS to offer high capacity LTE services, Dedicated LTE, and support smart cities.
Nokia offers a comprehensive LTE-based CBRS solution based on its award-winning Flexi Zone Small Cells, IP Backhaul range and evolved packet core (EPC), supported by global services expertise.
Nokia is a founding member of the CBRS Alliance, which aims to help all stakeholders achieve the full benefits of the opportunity. Joining the CBRS Alliance can help operators gain a first-mover advantage and influence the development of the technology.
CBRS delivers immersive virtual reality racing car experience
To show the capabilities of LTE-based CBRS, Nokia created a proof-of-concept in collaboration with Alphabet Access and Qualcomm. The demonstration is the industry first stream of virtual reality video over a Private LTE network using 3.5 GHz CBRS radio spectrum.
- Significantly low total cost of ownership (TCO) with enhanced coverage and capacity
- Leading customer experience – with best LTE and TD-LTE KPI (Key performance indices), smooth handover, end-to-end Quality of Experience (QoS) and Nokia Intelligent Beam forming to reduce interference
- Industry top cell capacity with highest users/cell
- Simple, rapid deployment
- Future-proof investment and Carrier-grade security
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.