Cable Courts CBRS

Multiple MSOs have started or are eyeing trials

Verizon wireless recently said it was working with several suppliers, including Ericsson, Qualcomm Technologies and Federated Wireless, on CBRS trials on a live network in Florida.

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While that was a landmark moment of sorts in the CBRS world, cable operators are also moving ahead with their own battery of tests.

● Charter has CBRS tests well underway, and recently invited FCC chairman Ajit Pai to get an in-person look at trial sites in the Tampa area, where it is running tests on about 200 small cell sites using the 3.5 GHz band. Charter is testing a variety of environments around the country, trying out fixed wireless in some and mobility applications in others (including Tampa).

● In April, Altice USA issued a call to arms to vendors for CBRS small cell products and a plan for a multi-phase trial. For the trials, Altice expects the first phase to focus on the verification of its RF propagation modelling in the field, with future field trials to test LTE-based services. Under the latest plan, Altice was expected to complete its vendor selections for the trial by mid-May, with Phase I getting underway in June and Phase II by early August.

● Earlier this year, Comcast sought permission from the FCC to conduct tests in Philadelphia using the CBRS band and via an experimental, one-year license. The aim is to evaluate aspects such as coverage, throughput and mobility equipment, as well as facilities that are operating in the band.