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March 8, 2024

The OnGo Alliance, a group that supports LTE and 5G solutions for the US 3.5 GHz band, has announced some important updates and achievements for the CBRS domain.

One of them is that the FCC has allowed CBRS devices to operate for up to 24 hours without needing new authorization from the SAS, as long as they are outside the areas where they could interfere with other users. This applies to the 3550-3650 MHz range and the whole 3650-3700 MHz range. This will improve the performance and reliability of the band and help businesses and service providers deliver better outcomes.

The OnGo Alliance has introduced a new framework for GAA Coexistence, which aims to ensure smooth operation of GAA networks in the same area. The framework consists of specifications and practices that are developed and approved by the Alliance members, and that help to minimize interference between GAA networks by using a common GAA frequency plan that is agreed upon by the users and the SAS admins.

CBRS technology is becoming more popular and widely adopted. There are over 350,000 active CBSDs, more than 650 FCC-certified devices, and over 1,000 operators using CBRS technology. The Alliance expects this trend to continue as CBRS technology evolves. Enterprises are using CBRS to create private networks with both 4G LTE and 5G technologies, for various verticals and use cases. WISPs are using CBRS FWA to provide broadband internet to areas that lack or have poor connectivity, helping to bridge the digital gap.

Moreover, state broadband departments are recognizing the benefits of CBRS, as evidenced by its inclusion in the $42.5 billion funding from the BEAD program.