To drive broadband adoption in rural America and to make additional spectrum available for 5G, the FCC has allocated spectrum in 3.5 GHz (CBRS - Citizens Broadband Radio Service, Band 48) band for unlicensed/lightly licensed use. Up to 150 MHz of CBRS spectrum is allocated for shared General Authorized Access, and 70 MHz is available via a Priority Access License.
Availability of such spectrum is lowering the barrier to entry and is enabling players such as NODABL to compete with established wireless carriers and cable operators in offering fixed wireless access to underserved communities, and private LTE/5G broadband services to enterprises.
Enterprises have traditionally depended on WiFi for onsite wireless connectivity. Due to security, mobility, and Quality of Service limitations, WiFi is not ideal for business-critical voice, data, and video applications. With availability of CBRS spectrum, enterprises now can deploy private LTE/5G networks onsite. Using multiple technology providers as solution partners, NODABL offers private networks as custom-designed turnkey solutions. Private networks give enterprises full control of data, applications, and devices that can access the network, and all data and applications stay contained within the enterprise firewall.
K-12 DISTANCE LEARNING
The Coronavirus pandemic and accompanying school closures and stay at home orders are forcing school districts to transition to distance learning. This is creating challenges for students without broadband access at home, and this Digital Divide is affecting K-12 students the most in rural and underserved metro communities. Utilizing the CBRS spectrum, NODABL offers point to multipoint Fixed Wireless Broadband access directly from schools to the students’ homes. High power outdoor LTE base stations located on school premises can deliver broadband connectivity to LTE-WiFi gateways located at students’ homes. The CARES Act Education Stabilization Fund can be leveraged by school districts to implement the solution.
While nationwide carriers are racing to deploy 5G in dense urban population centers, much of rural America is a broadband desert with downlink speeds less than 10 Mbps and uplink speeds less than 1 Mbps. Deploying a cost-effective network is key to offering broadband to rural customers at sustainable subscription rates. The availability of unlicensed CBRS spectrum and 2.5 GHz EBS (Education Broadband Services) licensed spectrum neutralizes one key element of network cost. Fixed Wireless Access allows NODABL to leapfrog legacy technologies such as ADSL, HFC (Hybrid Fiber Coax), and FTTH (Fiber to the Home), and cost-effectively provide wireless internet/broadband services to underserved communities.
Cities large and small across the nation are looking to improve operational efficiencies, provide free broadband access in public spaces, and offer its residents smart city services. Such cities are turning to NODABL to implement city wide wireless networks that the cities can use for business critical narrowband, broadband, and IoT (Internet of Things) applications.
Enterprises today face indeterminate risks, uncontrolled costs, and unmanageable operational complexity because their broadband connectivity is a hodge-podge of cellular connectivity provided by nationwide wireless carriers, wired services provided by Internet Service Providers (ISPs), enterprise owned wired and WiFi networks, wired IP security cameras, and walkie-talkie style two-way radio communications. Enterprises who want to leverage the power of data through Analytics and Artificial Intelligence look to NODABL for secure networks that provide mobility, real time visibility to operational data, and the ability to instantly communicate with “man or machine” via voice, video, and data.
While our solutions can be implemented in almost all industry verticals, NODABL has particular expertise in addressing the needs of Education, Healthcare, Manufacturing, and Hospitality verticals. Through a combination of indoor and outdoor access points and end use devices such as video surveillance cameras, smartphones, laptops, two-way radios, LTE to WiFi gateways, routers, and modems, business critical applications such as employee communications, on-site guest communication, broadband internet access, mobile Point of Sale, security/safety, building management, etc. can be supported. Private LTE can be deployed as an overlay network to augment the existing WiFi infrastructure.
NODABL believes that the early successful 5G deployments are going to be self-contained networks in enterprise environments such as manufacturing, distribution centers, warehouses, etc. where automation provides a competitive edge. For such use cases, NODABL is developing a rapidly deployable 5G-in-a-Box indoor/outdoor solution using the CBRS spectrum.