Nokia, Alphabet, Qualcomm demo private LTE over CBRS

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Nokia, Alphabet's Access Group and Qualcomm Technologies have teamed up to conduct the first live demo of a private LTE network over CBRS (Citizens Broadband Radio Service) shared spectrum.

The demonstration at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway involved building a virtual reality zone inside stock car race cars operating at the Richard Petty Driving Experience. The network was used to provide 360-degree video streaming to provide a real-time in-car experience.

The trial showed the feasibility of using LTE to stream video from race cars traveling in excess of 180mph (290kph).

Nokia said the demonstration also shows that enterprises, campuses, venues and other groups can deploy their own private LTE network on CBRS shared spectrum.

US telecoms regulator FCC opened 150 MHz of spectrum in the 3550-MHz to 3700-MHz CBRS band for commercial use in 2016, and has developed a spectrum access system (SAS) to allow for unprecedented sharing of spectrum. The trial was the first demonstration of the SAS at a live event.

“By bringing together the ingenuity of Nokia, Alphabet's Access Group and Qualcomm Technologies, not only are we showing how the CBRS band can enable new business ideas using LTE, but also how such futuristic applications like this are possible,” Nokia head of strategy and business development for North America Chris Stark said.

“We want this trial to act as a catalyst for carriers and enterprises to start thinking about leveraging this band for new applications. Beyond the high speeds and amazing views this demo provides, the real opportunity is in the life-changing applications that will benefit from the 3.5GHz U.S. CBRS spectrum and transform users' experience.”

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