AUSTIN, TX--(Marketwired - June 20, 2017) - In April 2015 the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) established the Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) for shared wireless broadband use of the 3550-3700 MHz band (commonly called the 3.5 GHz Band). The adoption of CBRS will be an additional way to address growing mobile data demand.

iGR, a market research consultancy focused on the wireless and mobile industry, believes that the 150 MHz of CBRS has the potential to cause many significant changes to the wireless and mobile industry, as new entities will be able to build and operate a private LTE network. In addition, iGR expects that existing 3.5 GHz license holders -- wireless ISPs -- will be able to expand their products and services. And, finally, CBRS could enable wired broadband providers to disrupt mobile operators' market share via the residential market.

CBRS uses a new licensing scheme that protects access for existing users of the 3.5 GHz spectrum, while also allowing access for new users. In its most recent market study, iGR provides an explanation of how the new CBRS licensing scheme works, how the technology elements of the new band work, and the implications of both on the potential adoption of CBRS as another tool to address demand for bandwidth.

"The adoption of CBRS will allow enterprises, schools, universities, hotels and hospitals to operate a private network," said Iain Gillott, president and founder of iGR. "We believe that this could potentially disrupt the mobile operators' grip on cellular voice and data service."

iGR's new market study, 3.5 GHz CBRS: Disruptive Spectrum, explains the technical aspects of the spectrum band, how the spectrum will be licensed, and who will be the likely adopters of CBRS. The study also provides a forecast from 2017 to 2022 of the total number of CBRS nodes expected to be deployed in the U.S. The forecasted number of nodes is categorized as: outdoor nodes installed by WISPs, outdoor nodes installed by nonWISPs, nodes deployed inside commercial buildings, and nodes deployed inside residential buildings.

The following key questions are addressed in the new study:

  • What is CBRS?
  • What are the different license types of CBRS?
  • How does the licensing scheme work? What is the potential impact?
  • Who are the likely adopters of CBRS?
  • What is the current state of the CBRS market?
  • How many CBRS nodes of the following categories -- outdoor WISP, outdoor nonWISP, inside commercial, and inside residential -- are expected to be deployed in the U.S. between 2017 and 2022?

The information in this market study will be valuable for:

  • Mobile operators, particularly those servicing the U.S. market
  • Mobile backhaul providers, including telcos and cable MSOs
  • Wired and wireless backhaul vendors and solution providers
  • Mobile OEMs, particularly those servicing the U.S. market
  • Wired and wireless infrastructure vendors, particularly those servicing the U.S. market
  • Financial and investment analysts.

The new report can be purchased and downloaded directly from iGR's website at, contact Iain Gillott at (512) 263-5682 or at for additional details.

About iGR

iGR is a market strategy consultancy focused on the wireless and mobile communications industry. Founded by Iain Gillott, one of the wireless industry's leading analysts, in late 2000 as iGillottResearch, iGR is now in its seventeenth year of operation. iGR continuously researches emerging and existent technologies, technology industries, and consumer markets. We use our detailed research to offer a range of services to help companies improve their position in the marketplace, clearly define their future direction, and ultimately improve their bottom line.

iGR researches a range of wireless and mobile products and technologies, including: smartphones; tablets; mobile wearable devices; connected cars; mobile applications; bandwidth demand and use; small cell and het-net architectures; mobile EPC and RAN virtualization; DAS; LTE; VoLTE; IMS; NFC; GSM/GPRS/UMTS/HSPA; CDMA 1x/EV-DO; iDEN; SIP; macro-, pico- and femtocells; mobile backhaul; WiFi and WiFi offload; and SIM and UICC.

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