Massive Transformation To Private LTE Networks
The Citizens Broadband Radio Service also called CBRS or Band 48 were defined by the FCC and it refers to the 150MHz band within the 3.5GHz LTE spectrum in the United States. FCC defined three operational tiers for CBRS including rules of engagement in order to protect higher tiers from any radio interference. Tier 1 (Incumbent) is used by the U.S. military, Tier 2 (PAL – Priority Access License) will be used by service providers who license a portion of the band, and Tier 3 is the GAA – General Authorized Access, which can be used freely by any organization or individuals who wish to deploy private LTE networks.
Why CBRS and Not WiFi?
Due to the shared spectrum model of CBRS and the advantages of private LTE over WiFi networks in terms of security, speed, quality, & performance we see an increased adoption of the technology from high profile organizations and large enterprises to even more intimate projects for SMBs and households.
- Network slicing with customized QoS and SLA for each application/devices.
- Dedicated radio for network connections enhances network security.
- High capacity with a large number of simultaneous connected devices.
- High-speed connectivity with long signal range and seamless handovers.
The Rise of Unlicensed Private LTE Networks
The use cases umbrella for private LTE networks is massive. From private networks in geographically restricted LTE areas to licensed organizations who wish to extend their network footprint, industrial deployment and more. One of the most popular new use cases for CBRS is LTE-U (unlicensed). The monogoto Private LTE solution aims to help those organizations who wish to deploy private LTE network under the GAA unlicensed rules. A network which functions as a WiFi network but with additional brain and muscle.
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Private LTE Use Cases
Private LTE uses dedicated equipment and is independent of traffic fluctuation. By focusing on specific IoT applications and services, Private LTE network is the ultimate solution for organizations who needs an independent enterprise-grade wireless network with all the benefits that LTE can offer, such as: data privacy, enhanced security, network flexibility, low latency, quality of service, network resiliency, and cost effective solution. The new era of private LTE opens up multiple opportunities for multiple applications with a different class of service. Global enterprise organizations, utilities and mining industries, airports, ports, sport facilities, campuses and more are already adopting this amazing technology, reducing costs and increasing efficiency.
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How to Setup Private LTE Network?
In order to setup a private LTE network you need to consider three elements:
- Radio Equipment: indoor/outdoor small cells antennas
- Evolved Packet Core: acts as the main network controller (User database, network and security policies, OSS/BSS, mobility and more)
- Edge Device: include cellular modem with CBRS support and SIM card
The following diagram illustrates a high-level private LTE solution by monogoto, when the monogoto SIM Cards, Cloud EPC and Management Console are integrated with 3rd party SDR eNode for indoor/outdoor use cases.