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Four ways of fairly sharing CBRS small cells

Once FCC certification of SAS providers and CTIA testing of small cells has been completed (timeline H1 2018), it will be legal and possible to operate your own private CBRS small cell network in the US. You’ll need to use data dongles until compatible smartphones are available sometime later next year.

Such standalone networks will have their own core network functionality, handling all aspects of registration, authorisation, authentication, data session management and if appropriate billing. There are several software companies with core network software suitable for this today, such as Athonet, Druid and Quortus.

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