Arris-owned wireless tech company Ruckus Networks has partnered with fellow technology vendors Federated Wireless and Syniverse to set up private LTE networks using CBRS spectrum for enterprise applications.
The announcement was made today by Syniverse at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona Tuesday.
The companies have established a private LTE network managed through the Syniverse Innovation Lab and powered by LTE access points (aka small cells) from Ruckus and a Federated Wireless spectrum controller. Syniverse provided an evolved packet core.
“With Syniverse’s secure network capabilities, Ruckus’ connectivity expertise, and Federated Wireless’s spectrum-sharing proficiency, we’ve launched a CBRS-based LTE network in Syniverse’s Innovation Lab,” said Michael O’Brien, group VP of corporate development and strategy for Syniverse, in a statement. “The network offers service to companies that need to take advantage of an LTE network with in-building and outdoor coverage and capacity expansion on a massive scale. The network offers an alternative to unsecured Wi-Fi connectivity that is easy to deploy and offers cost-efficient local network capabilities.”
Back in September, Ruckus was given FCC certification for its entire portfolio of “OpenG”-branded access points designed to work in the 3.5 Ghz Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) spectrum.
Cable and wireless operators are exploring opportunities for the Citizens Broadband Radio Service Device band, a 150 MHz-wide portion of largely underused spectrum existing between 3.55 GHz and 3.7 GHz. CBRS will ultimately be used for private LTE networks such as airports and industrial campuses.
“A private LTE network enables secure applications, including tablets and handhelds in healthcare environments, transmission of user data in smart meters, and IoT-connected devices in remote areas. Together, we’re opening up compelling new use cases that only private LTE networks can effectively address,” said Joel Lindholm, VP of LTE business for Ruckus Networks.