LTE is the mobile broadband technology of choice for mobile service providers around the world, powering 1.7 B devices at the end of 2016, and expected to serve over 4.6 B devices by the end of 2022. LTE offers high bandwidth connectivity with predictable latency. It is extremely secure, has a large ecosystem of suppliers and offers a robust roadmap. Yet, enterprises are unable to use LTE for their private wireless networks because LTE requires licensed spectrum.
This is about to change in the United States with the availability of Citizens Broadband Radio Services (CBRS) spectrum. Enterprises will be able to use this CBRS spectrum, from 3.55 GHz to 3.70 GHz, to deploy private wireless networks based on LTE without obtaining licenses from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).