Private 4G-5G and CBRS

 Combining Cellular and LoRaWAN for enterprise IoT infrastructure deployments 

CBRS and the future of Private 4G and 5G

CBRS, launched in the USA in 2020, opens the 3550-3700 MHz band for private use. This shared spectrum scheme for private LTE and 5G is progressively expanded to other countries as regulators free up the 3.5GHz spectrum for unlicensed use.

Private 4G/5G and LoRaWAN are a perfect match for private networks. CBRS and unlicensed 4G/5G covers the high bandwidth use cases like video-surveillance or alternative to WiFi for industrial networks. However, CBRS does not cover low-cost, low-power use cases and power-optimized cellular technology like LTE-M is not currently available. This gap is covered by LoRaWAN, and of course LoRaWAN gateways themselves can be connected to the cellular infrastructure.

Together, private cellular and LoraWAN provide 360° coverage for IoT

CBRS based Private networks allow operators to deploy cellular infrastructure in remote areas not covered by public networks, or as alternative to WiFi for industrial networks which cannot rely on external infrastructure. Actility provides a complete CBRS infrastructure and enterprise grade cellular IoT core network, seamlessly integrated with unlicensed LoRaWAN network management. One single pane of glass for licensed and unlicensed enterprise connectivity.

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If you are an IoT Solution Provider, OEM, or Device Manufacturer, you can use Actility’s private cellular infrastructure or SaaS service to bootstrap a private cellular service in any region (subject to regulatory framework making 3.5GHz band available), fully integrated with built-in LoRaWAN capability.

For cellular devices that move out of private network coverage, our private cellular service has built-in, pre-negotiated roaming with public networks (through Actility global IoT SIM). For unlicensed LoraWAN devices, ThingPark Exchange (TEX)<link> provides seamless peering with other private networks or public networks.

What are CBRS’ functional components?

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Spectrum Access System (SAS): Centrally coordinates access to the shared spectrum and enforcing priorities 

Environmental Sensing Capability (ESC): Detects federal incumbent activity and informs SAS about interference 

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Domain Proxy: CBSD aggregation and proxy function for large networks 

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CBRS Device (CBSD): Radio nodes operating in the CBRS band 

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What is LoRa and LoRaWAN white paper techniical overview, benfits and use cases

Learn more about the LoRaWAN technology by downloading the Actility “What is LoRaWAN” white paper