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Who Took Advantage of Priority Access Licenses (PAL) for CBRS?

With auction 105 spanning over 3000 counties in the US, we’ll review which organizations secured PAL licensing.

With auction 105 spanning over 3000 counties, we’ll review which organizations secured PAL licensing, and what that might mean for the future of CBRS services across the United States.

Check out the episode 12 of the Office Hours to get answers to questions such as:

  • What were the results of the auction 105 for CBRS Priority Access Licenses (PAL)?
  • Which organizations were the most active in the PAL auction?
  • Outside of the mobile network operators (MNO), which organizations across industries purchased PAL?
  • With the auction closed, this leaves a significant portion of the spectrum available for use by the enterprises. How can enterprises plan ahead?  

Key Takeaways

  • Organizations who did not secure PAL for CBRS still have the opportunity to use the Tier 3 General Authorized Access (GAA) portion of the CBRS spectrum. We estimate this spectrum to be 80-100MHz for any given private LTE access point.
  • Service providers, energy companies and academic institutions were some of the most active industries in the PAL auction.
  • In the US, the 3.1-3.55 Ghz spectrum might also be available for private use in the years to come; it is more than likely that we will see new spectrum bands become available for private LTE and 5G wireless deployments in the future.
  • Similar spectrum rules and regulations are also beginning to open up across Asia and Europe for the use of private mobile networks within the enterprise.


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