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Understanding Citizens Broadband Radio Service

  Mobility CBRS  WLAN
FCC Assigned Name 600, 700, Cellular, PCS, AWS, WCS, EBRS CBRS ISM, UNII-1, UNII-2, UNII-2e, UNII-3
Frequency Band MHz 600, 700, 850, 1900, 2100, 2300, 2600  3500  2400, 5500
Standards Organization 3GPP CBRS Alliance, 3GPP  IEEE
Specifications 3GPP Rel 8 thru 14 3GPP Rel 13+  802.11, currently ‘ax’ or Wi-Fi 6
Certifications By OEM and MNO OnGo certified
 Wi-Fi certified
 Installation MNO per FCC Auctions   MNO per FCC Auction  
(PAL 7 @ 10 MHz each), 
Enterprise per FCC ‘registration’
(GAA 8 @ 10 MHz each)
Previous Users Relocated to other Spectrum Remain with ‘protection’ from interference via SAS Remain, All users must accept interference
Technologies LTE, TD-LTE; Transition to 5G-NR
(3GPP Rel 15+)
TD-LTE; Transition to 5G-NR
(3GPP Rel 15+)
 Wi-Fi, LTE-LAA, ZigBee,  UWB, DECT, proprietary, microwave ovens, etc.
KPI Issues NA: deterministic control of all OTA functions  NA: deterministic control of all OTA functions Latency, jitter, capacity, QoS, security/privacy, roaming/handoff/mobility, device driver SW
Ownership MNO owned WWAN MNO owned WWAN,   
MNO owned WLAN,  Enterprise owned WWAN, or Enterprise owned WLAN  
(all permutations) 
Enterprise owned WLAN
Installation Certified/professional only  Certified/professional only Self install allowed 

As of July 2019, 3GPP has approved support for the 5G-NR air interface in the CBRS band, paving the way for mobile 5G deployments using CBRS. Abbreviations and Definitions are available at

CBRS Citizens Broadband Radio OnGo OnGo Specs Service WLAN
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