Spectrum Sharing: The Next Data Crunch

With the advent of 5G looming on the horizon, operators must prepare for a massive increase in data demand with capacity gains expected to reach 10,000x that of 4G networks by 2019. Spectrum sharing has been identified as the key to meeting 5G capacity requirements, monetizing available spectrum, and guaranteeing service quality and availability in this increasingly complex environment.

The US initiative, Spectrum Access System (SAS), has been established in cooperation with the Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS), to advance LTE-based technologies, use cases and business opportunities within a shared spectrum framework. The European Licensed Shared Access (LSA) similarly allows 3GPP, LTE networks to operate on a licensed shared basis in the 2.3 - 2.4 GHz band providing a capacity extension to operators supporting tier-1 and tier-2 licenses.

While these sharing initiatives promise significant benefits and relief from a potential spectrum deficit, both programs are in the early stages of development and have yet to determine how to address the substantial risk of harmful external RF interference from the sheer number of users and devices operating within the crowded shared frequency bands.

 

About Spectrum Effect
Spectrum Effect’s revolutionary solution, Spectrum-NET, helps operators make the most of their valuable spectrum assets by rapidly identifying, locating and mitigating sources of RF interference and optimizing networks for future sharing opportunities.

Spectrum Effect has developed the key technology building blocks needed to rapidly maximize and monetize limited spectrum resources on today’s networks.
Spectrum Effect Product Solutions, Identify & Mitigate External Interference
As data demand steadily escalates, Spectrum-NET provides operators with the deep network visibility needed to protect their sizable investment in licensed spectrum and ensure ongoing service quality.
Spectrum Effect’s breakthrough, Spectrum-NET, addresses this dilemma by enabling mobile operators of shared spectrum networks to rapidly identify, characterize, and locate sources of external interference during normal network operation with no downtime.
Spectrum Effect’s Spectrum-NET solution has the advanced technology needed to provide a clear picture of complex, overcrowded 5G networks.
Spectrum Analytics at Mobile World Congress
As spectrum sharing solutions such as LTE-U, CBRS, and LSA are deployed, the external interference will dramatically increase by design making Spectrum-NET’s external interference management capabilities an even more critical asset for operators.