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CBRS and Wi-Fi: Which Has More Coverage?

We've grown to accept that the coverage offered by Wi-Fi is all we can achieve for enterprise wireless. What if there is an alternative?

In this episode of the Field Journal, we’re comparing CBRS and Wi-Fi to find out how each technology is designed to maximize wireless network coverage and capacity.

Check out the Episode 16 of Field Journal to get answers to questions like:

  • What does CBRS offer that Wi-Fi doesn’t in terms of coverage?
  • Do both wireless technologies use the same amount of power?
  • How does OFDMA work, and why is it more efficient with CBRS LTE?
  • How can private LTE access points work to reduce wireless noise?

Key Takeaways

  • CBRS based private LTE offers three to four times more coverage indoors, and up to ten times more coverage compared to Wi-Fi outdoors. This is possible due to the increased power levels that CBRS LTE access points are allowed to use outdoors, and improved link reliability / quality methods used with LTE wireless protocol.
  • LTE utilizes smaller tones to carry management and communication information across long distances, allowing connected wireless devices to receive instructions even at a low signal strength.
  • CBRS LTE handles spectral efficiency much differently than Wi-Fi since access points work together to schedule traffic flows across all devices in the network - in order to optimize spectrum usage across the wireless network.


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