MWC 2018: Sierra Wireless, Ruckus showcase live CBRS private network


Sierra Wireless, a provider of fully integrated end-to-end solutions for Internet of Things (IoT) applications, and Ruckus Networks, an ARRIS company, has announced the companies are demonstrating a live private LTE network operating in the U.S. Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) band at Mobile World Congress 2018 in Hall 2, stand 2G51.
The demonstration features a Sierra Wireless AirLink® MG90 multi-network router with an AirPrime® EM75 Series LTE-A Pro embedded module and a Ruckus Q910 3.5 GHz LTE Access Point (AP) showing commercial-grade video surveillance over a CBRS-band LTE link.

Sierra Wireless’ LTE-A Pro module supports private networks, including CBRS, and the 150 MHz portion around 3.5 GHz in the U.S., which allows organizations to take advantage of spectrum sharing to establish their own high-quality, reliable LTE networks, without having to buy a spectrum license. CBRS opens possibilities for a broader range of new IoT use cases, including:

  • Enterprises deploying secure communication and system tools on employees’ devices for enhanced flexibility and added security;
  • Remote video surveillance;
  • Industrial IoT applications in automation, remote mining and farming sites; and
  • Entertainment applications at stadiums or outdoor sport events, such as streaming 360-degree live videos for immersive “virtual-reality-like” experiences.

“We are excited about the variety of business-critical applications CBRS spectrum enables for the enterprise,” said Joel Lindholm, vice president of LTE Business at Ruckus Networks, an ARRIS company. “The combination of Ruckus LTE access points and Sierra Wireless modules and routers makes deploying private LTE networks as easy as deploying Wi-Fi, but with enhanced mobility, security and reliability.”

“Sierra Wireless has a long track record of leadership with our cellular modules and AirLink Networking Solutions, both in new technologies and working with key ecosystem partners like Ruckus Networks,” said Jason Krause, senior vice president and general manager, Enterprise Solutions, Sierra Wireless. “The private network capability that we’re demonstrating at Mobile World Congress will enable many new IoT use cases. Our utility, fleet and industrial customers will be able to take advantage of CBRS to improve their business reach with better network coverage and lower service cost.”