The CBRS Alliance has announced that eight labs around the world will conduct OnGo certification testing. Access points (APs) from several companies are expected to gain CBRS Alliance OnGo Certification in the next few weeks.
OnGo is branding of the Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) in the 3.5 GHz Band 48 spectrum.
“OnGo offers valuable opportunities for players across the wireless ecosystem. Cable operators want access to mobile LTE, mobile operators need additional spectrum for increased capacity, and enterprises across a variety of verticals are well-positioned for successful deployments for numerous applications,” Alan Ewing, the Executive Director of the CBRS Alliance said in a press release. “The launch of the OnGo Certification Program, along with the subsequent approvals of test labs to conduct the necessary testing for interoperability and certification, further indicates the explosive growth of this technology.”
The certification, which is a collaborative effort between the CBRS Alliance and the Wireless Innovation Forum, involves interoperability between APs and other ecosystem components and the ability to communicate with a Spectrum Access System. The APs must synchronize LTE networks and support specific mandatory uplink and downlink frame formats. OnGo certification also enables dynamic spectrum sharing among LTE TDD networks. This will enable low cost, reliable, secure and high-performance deployments.
The first test participants are Bureau Veritas Consumer Products Services; DEKRA; Nokia Global Product Compliance Laboratory; Sporton International; TÜV SÜD; Nemko Montreal; Nemko Ottawa and Nemko San Diego.
In early July, Senza Fili Consulting said that a wireless Internet service provider (WISP) could break even on an investment in CBRS by the third year and register a 51% profit margin by year five.
In May, Verizon, Ericsson, Federated Wireless and Qualcomm Technologies created a live commercial network in Florida. The testing is considered notable because it involved mobile technology.