Today, Cambium Networks is pleased to announce the official release of CBRS 1.0!
Spectrum in this band is dynamically shared in a tiered structure that requires a real-time interface to a Spectrum Access System (SAS). Cambium Networks equipment helps the end user manage the relationship with the SAS by facilitating the communication path from the radios via cnMaestro and the Domain Proxy. This service is available for US customers only.
There are several SAS System Administrators that are in operation today. As of today’s launch, Cambium Networks’ CBRS offering work with two of these: Federated Wireless and Google. CommScope will be added at a later date.* The operator will select a SAS System Administrator at the time of sign up via cnMaestro. The pricing to use these SAS Services is the same regardless of the provider. Pricing is $3 per Subscriber Module per month. There is no charge for Access Points.
CBRS 1.0 is delivered via PMP 450 System Software Release 16.2 and either cnMaestro On-Premises version 2.3.2 or a cnMaestro Cloud server that is running version 2.4.0. Both components are require to operate the CBRS service. There are other requirements to use the service such as Certified Professional Installation (CPI) certification.**
For customers who have been part of the beta program, the cloud beta server has been upgraded to 2.4.0 and is now considered a production server. The beta program has now ended. Many beta customers, both Cloud and On-Premises, will want to consolidate their production and beta accounts. Guidance for doing that will be linked here. New CBRS Cloud users can begin the enrollment process by clicking on the “CBRS New” link at the top of the cnMaestro home page. New CBRS On-Premises users can begin the enrollment process by installing 2.3.2 and creating a cnMaestro cloud account (which is necessary to obtain a token, even when using cnMaestro On-Premises).
Billing for this service begins on April 1 with the first payment due in early May. Any Subscriber Module that is registered with a SAS for 48 hours or more during a billing month will be charged $3. A new CBRS account page is now accessed from the left-hand menu by clicking on Services > CBRS. Basic account information including payment method is entered on this page. Cambium accepts major credit card and ACH funds transfer only. The full Terms and Conditions must be acknowledged upon signup within cnMaestro.
The Standalone CBRS Procedures Guide is a helpful way to get started with CBRS. It is available for download now.
For customers who are either not interested in using CBRS or who are non-US customers, are still encouraged to upgrade to PMP 450 version 16.2. If not using the CBRS functions, there is no reason to update cnMaestro On-Premises to 2.3.2. Further, there is no action required for cnMaestro Cloud customers that are not using CBRS.
Tomorrow morning at 8:30am CDT, we will be hosting a webinar: CBRS: Service Activation and Onboarding (click to register) to show the steps involved in getting Cambium equipment going in CBRS. Please register and attend. We will also post the recording and answer further questions here in the community.
*Cambium Networks reserves the right to add or remove any SAS Administrator at their discretion.
**CPI training is offered by all three of the SAS Administrators, and the certification is valid regardless of which SAS you choose to use.
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