The three largest cable operators in the USA – Cox, Comcast, and Charter – won the 5G race by bidding over $1 billion for the mid-band spectrum. The spectrum is ideal for next-generation wireless technology.

The Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) licenses are valid for ten years. It is available with 40MHz in the country that is enough to cover large, urban areas. Now, cable operators can now deliver services like fixed wireless access, mobile consumer services, and managed private networks (MPNs) for organizations.

Because the services work both outdoors and indoors, enterprises may wish to use them to connect their Internet of Things (IoT) devices. They may even use it to replace or supplement Wi-Fi in addition to IoT connectivity. Service providers, meanwhile, will most likely use CBRS to deliver FWA services and as a replacement for last-mile fiber access and consumer mobile service to offload their traffic from their Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) partner.

The service is available both indoors and outdoors, making enterprises use it for IoT device connectivity. Service providers may use CBRS to deliver FWA services. They may also consider this a replacement for fiber access and offload traffic from Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) partners.

Future of Wireless

Cable Operators and CBRS

For cable operators to win with CBRS, cable operators have to move towards 5G wireless spectrum. They have to decide the distribution level of their network.

Cable operators should think about deploying the new technology with their expansion. They need to modernize networks so that they can benefit from new service opportunities. By unlocking themselves from between compute and radio, cable operators can increase their compute investment.

In addition, cable operators are paving their way into the mobile business. So, they should analyze the associated pressure to gain profits from this new venture. For instance, Comcast’s offering can break even by the end of 2021 with almost 3.5 million service lines. Using oRAN can help realize this while saving Capital Expenditures (CapEx) while keeping these costs off the books.

How this Affects 5G Wireless Spectrum Development?

CBRS spectrum may cover 80% of cable customers in America. This could mean a significantly large amount of money for the MSOs if they utilize this appropriately. So, the FCC refers to this as the “5G spectrum” that makes big cable companies highly competitive in the 5G race.

The competition mainly comes from the ability to deliver personalized solutions to customers. As cable operators add new capabilities to their network, they must start with the 5G adoption and modernization of their devices.

Now that cable operators can buy the spectrum licenses and provide 5G services to companies as a managed service. What’s more, they can even pair it with Wi-Fi 6 to cover a wide range of applications.

By working in collaboration with service providers, it is possible to bring the best 5G-driven ecosystem for both enterprises and individual consumers. With all this, cable operators can prioritize their areas with a higher take rate for the services. As a result, they can adjust as required.

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