MultiTech Joins CBRS Alliance to Promote Private LTE for Resilient Industrial Internet of Things
Announces the Development of a Private-LTE Test Lab at Minnesota Headquarters
Mounds View, MN – Feb. 5, 2019 - Multi-Tech Systems, Inc., a leading global supplier of M2M and IoT communication solutions, today announced they have joined the CBRS Alliance, a group of companies dedicated to improve usage of 3.5GHz CBRS band to deliver in-building and outdoor coverage and capacity at scale, leveraging 3GPP standards-based OnGo™ technology. The company also announced the current development of a Private-LTE test lab in its Minneapolis headquarters and production facility to accelerate device interoperability and trials of CBRS.
As new members of the Alliance, MultiTech can now work more efficiently within the CBRS ecosystem to accelerate interoperability testing and trials of private LTE networks using the CBRS spectrum for the critical infrastructure needs of industrial enterprises and neutral hosts across the USA.
“We are excited that MultiTech, a well-respected industrial device manufacturer, has joined and will bring their extensive wireless knowledge and experience into the OnGo community,” said Alan Ewing, executive director, CBRS Alliance. “Industrial applications will need reliable, hardened-communication equipment they can rely on for mission critical connection to their assets.”
For many organizations, wireless has become the “fourth utility,” a resource that’s as vital as power, water and heating/cooling. As the vitality of wireless spectrum has increased, it’s become clear that data demand is limitless; yet, this crucial resource is also a very finite (and increasingly scarce) one. OnGo is “uncompromised connectivity” that enables easy deployment of private LTE networks to provide Industrial IoT connectivity that is optimized, secure, dedicated and on-premises.
“MultiTech is pleased to join the ranks of the CBRS Alliance to work alongside the ecosystem to accelerate the deployments of private cellular networks”, said Daniel Quant, VP of Strategic Development at MultiTech. “Preferred access on a priority basis to 150 MHz of mostly fallow shared spectrum across the USA will be vital in delivering resilient mission critical Industrial IoT connectivity where an enterprise needs it.”
Band 48, also known as Citizen Broadband Radio Service (CBRS), consists of 150 MHz of spectrum defined by 3GPP as a TDD-LTE band (3.55 – 3.7 GHz) in the USA. It is governed by a three-tiered spectrum authorization framework to protect incumbents, while freeing up precious mostly fallow mid-band spectrum across the USA for a wide variety of industrial, commercial, retail, neutral host and improved in-building and capacity applications.
About the CBRS Alliance
The CBRS Alliance believes that LTE-based solutions in the CBRS band, utilizing shared spectrum, can enable both in-building and outdoor coverage and capacity expansion at massive scale. In order to maximize CBRS’ full potential, the CBRS Alliance aims to enable a robust ecosystem towards making LTE-based CBRS solutions available. The mission of the CBRS Alliance is to evangelize LTE-based CBRS technology, use cases and business opportunities while simultaneously driving technology developments necessary to fulfill the mission, including multi-operator LTE capabilities. The Alliance will also establish an effective product certification program for LTE equipment in the US 3.5 GHz band ensuring multi-vendor interoperability. For more information, please visit http://www.cbrsalliance.org and follow the CBRS Alliance on LinkedIn and Twitter.
MultiTech designs, develops and manufactures communications solutions for the industrial internet of things – connecting physical assets to business processes to deliver enhanced value. Our commitment to quality and service excellence means you can count on MultiTech products and people to address your needs, while our history of innovation ensures you can stay ahead of the latest technology with a partner who will be there for the life of your solution. Visit www.multitech.com for more information.
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