Siemens and Amdocs have recently announced their joint solution to allow mission-critical networks to leverage shared Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) spectrum in the US.

CBRS enables shared wireless broadband use within the 3550-3700 MHz (3.5 GHz) band and the joint solution consists of Siemens’ RUGGEDCOM private broadband 802.16e (also known as WiMAX) wireless solution combined with Amdocs’ Spectrum Access System (SAS). It can be used to support electric utility, water/waste water, transportation and industrial IoT communications networks.

The companies claim that the use of CBRS through this joint solution enables “enables a lower cost of entry into supporting mobility, augmenting Wi-Fi coverage and capacity with small cells, in remote or temporary industrial locations such as substation automation, self-healing power grids/smart-grid systems and intelligent transportation systems for traffic management and railway control systems.”

“Many of Siemens existing customers are already making use of spectrum in the 3.5 GHz band and will upgrade their networks to enable them to continue to operate in the CBRS band. Through Siemens’ joint solution with Amdocs, our customers can be confident that their operations will continue uninterrupted,” said Mike Jabbour, segment head, Siemens Communications and Identification. “Furthermore, with the availability of CBRS, we can see new and exciting opportunities for our combined solution to support the trend towards more intelligent critical infrastructure communication systems.”

“The release of this newly shared spectrum has created new business opportunities for solution providers like Siemens,” said Anthony Goonetilleke, group president of media, network and technology at Amdocs. “Yet to maximise these opportunities, it takes the combination of a qualified and experienced FCC certified partner for SAS Services with deep experience in mission-critical, self-healing and optimising networks and an extensive portfolio of network and spectrum solutions, to meet the operator’s demands for a cost-effective, low-risk end-to-end CBRS solution.”

Author: Sam Fenwick