Telit, part of CBRS Alliance Members, set to drive private LTE and 5G technologies

Telit announced on Thursday participation in the CBRS Alliance July 2019 member meeting to help drive commercialization and adoption of private LTE solutions using the 3.5 GHz Citizens Broadband Radio Service. CBRS is a spectrum sharing concept backed by U.S. regulators and government agencies and can support the expansion of 4G and 5G into new consumer and industrial applications. 

Members, implementers and operators are gathering at the Hilton San Diego Mission Valley, to provide an opportunity for alliance members to evangelize LTE-based OnGo technology, use cases and business opportunities and identify required advocacy steps such as marketing, promotion, certification, branding and regulatory, in establishing product certification program for LTE equipment in the US 3.5 GHz band ensuring multi-vendor interoperability.

As member of the CBRS Alliance, Telit brings the critical perspective of the cellular communication module and data card. Cellular technology integration is complex and highly regulated. LTE and 5G devices supporting CBRS require multiple levels of costly certification for compliance with governmental, industrial and mobile operator rules and regulations, along with hard to navigate intellectual property licensing. 

Unlike unlicensed-spectrum wireless LAN technologies like Wi-Fi where it is typical for OEMs to integrate devices directly with a chipset, cellular technology is only feasible for chip-down designs when annual volumes run in the millions of units.

In February 2018, Telit announced the LM960, the world’s first Gigabit mPCIe adapter card supporting LTE Advanced Pro Category 18. Featuring download speeds of up to 1.2Gbps and global coverage, the LM960 is also the world’s first mobile broadband adapter card to support CBRS – band 48. This makes it ideal for OEMs that want to serve the emerging private LTE market with routers, gateways and other devices connecting to LTE access points, small cells and other CBRS infrastructure.

The rugged LM960 delivers significant flexibility and a competitive edge to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) looking to deploy next generation products delivering carrier broadband-like user experience. The LM960 is a sibling product of the Cat 11 LM940 and the two products are fully interchangeable. This provides OEMs the opportunity to create new products based on designs already using the LM940, or to create product families in different grades of performance based either on the LM960 for high end, or the LM940 for mid-market.

“Starting with the LM960, and our CBRS Alliance membership, Telit is best positioned be a leading enabler of the private LTE market. According to industry analysts, private mobile networks in healthcare, transport and logistics, manufacturing, smart cities, and other verticals will be worth 16.3 billion dollars by 2025.” says Manish Watwani, chief marketing and product officer, Telit. “This leadership will continue into 5G, where we plan on including full support to CBRS services in our forthcoming mobile broadband device based on Qualcomm Technologies’ modem and RF Front-End solutions.”

“Telit’s expertise in enterprise-grade mobile broadband and IoT solutions as well as its experience supporting customers in go-to-market for products and solutions involving heavily regulated wireless standards such as cellular, makes them a natural fit for the CBRS Alliance,” said Alan Ewing, executive director, CBRS Alliance. “We look forward to working with Telit in advancing this exciting new market.”

“Private LTE and upcoming private 5G networks are poised to redefine the corporate wireless networking space. Large campuses and sites like airports, large logistics and distribution hubs are pushing current WLAN standards to their technological limits,” said Christian Kim, senior analyst, IHS Markit.

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