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Research predicts a $900 million investment in LTE and 5G NR-based CBRS RAN by 2023

Research predicts a $900 million investment in LTE and 5G NR-based CBRS RAN by 2023

SNS Telecom & IT predicts that investments in LTE and 5G NR infrastructure based on CBRS RAN, mobile core, and transport networks will reach $900 million by the end of 2023. This market is projected to grow at a CAGR of approximately 20 percent from 2023 to 2026.

According to SNS Telecom & IT, successfully implementing a framework for managing the shared usage of the 3.5 GHz CBRS spectrum in the U.S. took several years. This framework adopts a three-tiered hierarchical system, where different users are granted varying levels of access to the spectrum.

The CBRS spectrum has found diverse applications, including the densification of mobile networks to improve capacity and coverage, delivering broadband internet access in rural areas through fixed wireless solutions, supporting MVNOs by offloading traffic from other networks, enhancing indoor coverage with small cells, and enabling private cellular networks to facilitate IIoT and enterprise connectivity.

“Commercial rollouts of 5G NR network equipment operating in the CBRS band have also begun, which are laying the foundation for advanced application scenarios that have more demanding performance requirements in terms of throughput, latency, reliability, availability, and connection density” SNS Telecom & IT says.

The utilization of 5G NR-based CBRS network installations in commercial settings spans various applications. For instance, BMW has implemented an industrial-grade 5G network at its Spartanburg facility in South Carolina to support autonomous logistics and advanced manufacturing processes. Another example is the U.S. Navy, which has established a standalone private 5G network at NAS Whidbey Island to meet its secure and reliable communication needs.

In the report by SNS Telecom & IT, the adoption of CBRS has significantly lowered the barriers to entry for new players in the cellular industry. This, in turn, has allowed these newcomers to concentrate primarily on areas such as private 4G/5G networks, neutral host solutions, and other aspects of the CBRS ecosystem.

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