Exploring CBRS & Anterix in Wireless Communications for Utilities

Understanding CBRS and Anterix: Exploring Wireless Spectrum Solutions

Let’s delve into CBRS (Citizens Broadband Radio Service) and Anterix, two fascinating players in wireless communications—each catering to specific needs and industries.


CBRS: Versatile Unlicensed Spectrum for Modern Connectivity

CBRS is like the Swiss Army knife of wireless spectrum in the U.S., operating within the 3.5 GHz band and offering 150 MHz of versatile spectrum. It’s used for a range of purposes:

  • Macro Extension: Providing wireless capacity in busy urban areas for cellular service providers (CSPs).
  • Fixed Wireless Access (FWA): Serving as backhaul for wireless networks.
  • Private Mobile Networks: Enabling enterprises and utilities to operate their networks for increased control and security.

Under CBRS, users fall into different categories:

  • Incumbents: Including military and satellite organisations.
  • Priority Access License (PAL): Typically, carriers who pay for licensed spectrum.
  • General Authorized Access (GAA): Enterprises and others using unlicensed spectrum for private networks.

One key advantage of CBRS is its ability to support various cellular standards like LTE and, in the future, 5G. It excels in providing extensive indoor coverage, far surpassing Wi-Fi in reach and reliability.


Anterix: Leading the Charge in Utility-Focused Spectrum Solutions

Anterix, on the other hand, is all about the 900 MHz band. They hold licensed spectrum across the U.S. and beyond, catering specifically to the needs of utilities for advanced communications:

  • Private LTE Solutions: Tailored to modernise grid operations and enhance utility communications.
  • Partnerships: Collaborating with utilities and tech firms to deploy cutting-edge broadband solutions for grid modernisation.
  • 900 MHz Band: Offering secure, reliable, and future-proof connectivity crucial for utility infrastructure.

Anterix’s focus on utilities underscores the importance of robust, private LTE networks for critical operations, ensuring resilience and efficiency in utility communications.


Complementary Nature: Bridging Coverage Gaps with CBRS and Anterix

The beauty of CBRS and Anterix lies in how they complement each other:

  • CBRS (3.5 GHz): Ideal for localised applications like in-building networks and campus settings, providing high-capacity connectivity.
  • Anterix (900 MHz): This technology is perfect for the expansive coverage areas required by utilities, ensuring reliable connectivity across vast infrastructures.

Together, these spectrums create a holistic solution, addressing diverse wireless connectivity needs, from bustling urban hubs to sprawling utility networks.


Bridging the Divide: RAD’s SecFlow Gateways

To bridge these worlds, devices like RAD’s SecFlow gateways offer seamless interoperability between CBRS and Anterix networks. This versatility enables devices to operate across both spectrum bands, ensuring comprehensive coverage and adaptable network capabilities for various industries.

By understanding the unique strengths of CBRS and Anterix, we can appreciate how these technologies are shaping the future of wireless communications, delivering tailored solutions for modern connectivity challenges.

Taken from: RAD by Marco Berger

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