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CBRS, a stepping stone for dynamic spectrum sharing. A conversation with Neville Meijers, VP Business Development, and Patrik Lundqvist, Director Technical Marketing, Qualcomm Technologies

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CBRS has attracted much attention for its innovative take on spectrum sharing. But there are multiple technologies that provide spectrum sharing – and multiple benefits for incumbent and new ecosystem players. 

Qualcomm has been promoting spectrum sharing for a long time. Neville Meijers, the VP of Business Development, and Patrik Lundqvist, Director of Technical Marketing, at Qualcomm Technologies, discuss with us Qualcomm’s perspective on CBRS in the 3.5 GHz band in the US and on other spectrum-sharing technologies.  

Neville told us: “I think you’ll see the spectrum used for traditional mobile access. But you’ll see the spectrum leveraged for fixed wireless access, as well. And there are a number of whole new areas around private networks, whether for enterprise, educational institutions, or industrial IoT… A number of companies that haven’t traditionally been players in the cellular environment are now very interested in becoming players.”

Patrick added: “A private network has the advantage that the entity or company that owns it can control both the device side and the small-cell side. There may be an earlier start for CBRS private network deployments than for neutral host networks; you need a high penetration of devices for neutral hosting to be really effective, so this may start later.”

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