Federated Wireless, a leading shared spectrum technology provider, and Airspan, a leading provider of Advanced LTE small cells and small cell backhaul solutions, today announced a long-term collaboration agreement aimed at enabling organizations pursuing opportunities within the emerging shared spectrum market. Together, they provide comprehensive solutions for commercialization of the 3.5 GHz CBRS band in the U.S., while also offering a clear path for unlocking additional spectrum bands for the proliferation of 5G technologies and global adoption of shared spectrum solutions.

Delivering the widest portfolio of outdoor and indoor small cells, and small cell backhaul in the industry, Airspan helps operators increase their spectral efficiency and achieve the highest capacity possible. Federated Wireless, which currently supports all major CBRS trials underway in the U.S., leads the industry with its advanced Spectrum Controller, an end-to-end solution for shared spectrum access, management and optimization, helping businesses quickly and efficiently plan, optimize and monetize CBRS services. Together, the two companies are poised to fully support mobile operators as they add enhanced 4G coverage and capacity to their networks and begin pursuing 5G opportunities.

“Our joint goal is to explore the boundaries of small-cell technology in order to lay the foundation for 5G, cost-effectively adding bandwidth to mobile networks, thus enabling massive densification,” said Eric Stonestrom, CEO and President of Airspan Networks. “Federated Wireless’ unique model and leadership in the field of shared spectrum solutions complements Airspan’s market-leading position in Advanced LTE small cells.”

Airspan is deploying unique ‘cross-over’ small-cells that perform like Macro eNBs across rural America. Airspan’s AirHarmony Mini-Macros and advanced ODU UEs/Terminal Devices for the CBRS Band are being deployed to cover different rural and small urban environments on behalf of forward looking Wireless Internet Service Providers (WISPs) in states like Texas, Idaho and Nebraska, among others. Airspan’s strong track record serving national Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) validate its ability to boost WISPs’ revenues through roaming deals that other RAN vendors cannot guarantee interoperability for in these markets.

Both Airspan and Federated Wireless have a shared spectrum vision that extends beyond the U.S. and 4G, exemplified by Federated Wireless’ current work with regulators in Europe to begin shared spectrum trials, and Airspan’s current delivery of 3.5 GHz solutions worldwide. As 5G moves from vision to reality, intelligent shared spectrum solutions will be critical to achieving the Quality of Experience and bandwidth requirements promised by 5G.

“The wireless industry is at an inflection point. Enabling new services and next-gen advancements such as 5G requires more spectrum, and the fastest way to deliver it is by adopting a new shared model,” said Todd Gore, VP of Sales at Federated Wireless. “Our partnership will enable us to create shared spectrum solutions in the U.S. and globally that will greatly expand and improve advanced 4G networks today, and 5G networks tomorrow.”