AT&T said as part of its rollout, it will start by using LTE in CBRS spectrum and then migrate to 5G. It will primarily use the CBRS solution to deliver home and enterprise broadband services. AT&T noted that millions of U.S. households lack access to broadband service, and in many cases a fixed wireless access (FWA) architecture can cost-effectively reach homes and businesses where fiber cannot.
"When we looked at CBRS spectrum, we saw a promising opportunity to use this spectrum band to expand our fixed wireless access network to additional cities across the U.S as well as other opportunities for future use cases," said Gordon Mansfield, vice president Converged Access and Device Technology, in a press release. "With 5G on the horizon, we look forward to testing and deploying CBRS equipment to give our customers the best network experience possible."
AT&T's announcement spells a big win for Samsung and CommScope as many companies are competing for CBRS business.
Companies in the first wave of the FCC's conditional approvals for SAS administrators included CommScope as well as Google, Federated Wireless, Amdocs, Key Bridge and Sony.
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