AT&T today announced that it has selected Samsung Electronics America and CommScope to supply the company with its first 5G-ready Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) network solution. Samsung will provide CBRS compliant radios and base station equipment. CommScope was selected as the Spectrum Access System (SAS) provider.
CBRS is an innovative spectrum band which allows both licensed and shared access that helps enable efficient use of finite spectrum resources. We plan to start testing CBRS equipment in our labs early next year and plan to rollout commercial CBRS technology in U.S. cities beginning in late 2019.
As part of the rollout, we will start by using LTE in CBRS Spectrum and then migrate to 5G. We will primarily use the CBRS solution to deliver home and enterprise broadband services. 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.
AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T)
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. (Korea: SEC)