The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today cleared the way for OnGo, a wireless product led by the Citizens Broadcasting And Radio Services Alliance (CBRS). It is designed to use the 3.5 GHz band for a range of applications, such as increasing data connection rates and extending service coverage for 4G/5G networks in the United States. The CBRS Alliance announced that the FCC allows full commercial deployment of OnGo services. This has been working hard since 2013.
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As part of the CBRS Alliance, a number of companies and government agencies have worked together to launch OnGo, including 159 members from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the Telecommunications Administration (NTIA), and the U.S. Department of Defense.
The 3.5 GHz CBRS band will allow new 4G and 5G operations, and NTIA represents an increase in capacity and coverage for 4G networks that can create tremendous value for 5G deployments.
The U.S. Department of Defense has used the 3.5 GHz commercial spectrum for ship-borne radar systems before opening it. The Environmental Sensing Capability (ESC) network established in coastal areas is also reserved to dynamically redistribute standard users to other parts of the band.
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said the 3.5 GHz band would benefit consumers and businesses through agreements with CommScope, Federed Wireless, Google and Sony. It is now fully authorized to carry out the relevant business.
The FCC has made the release of the mid-band spectrum a priority for advanced wireless services such as 5G, and the latest is that authorities have approved four systems to put the 3.5 GHz band into service.
As with all the efforts of the organization sought to implement the 5G FAST program, it is working to deploy next-generation wireless services based on the 3.5 GHz band as quickly and efficiently as possible.
OnGo is the name of the CBRS Alliance for the 3.5GHz spectrum, enabling new business opportunities in the workplace, in public consumption, in machine-to-machine communication or sensors, and for smarter infrastructure.
In short, OnGo facilitates private LTE networks, provides better performance than Wi-Fi, uses spectrum for different cost purposes, allows wireless carriers to increase coverage and capacity, increases data connectivity rates, and expands The Internet of Things connectivity for remote applications on low-power WAN networks.
The good news is that Apple’s latest iPhone 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max already support OnGo or CBRS Band 48 and are expected to benefit consumers soon.
As a customer of Federal Wireless, Verizon is also one of the companies that authorizes the use of the spectrum. The former says it plans to launch CBRS services for more than 20 key customers in the urban and rural markets.
In addition to Apple’s iPhone, other smartphone makers are expected to work with the CBRS Band 48, including the Samsung Galaxy S10 series and Google’s Pixel 4 series.