Electric Utilities and Smart Campuses

CBRS LTE Networks for better performance

Learn how CBRS LTE networks improve performance:

Better performance, no longer capacity-constrained

Because spectrum bands have finite capacities for carrying data, and unlicensed spectrum is shared among all networks in proximity, an electric utility or smart campus network using unlicensed spectrum will eventually become bottle-necked. In response, the FCC authorized full use of the new CBRS band for wireless service provider commercialization. Mission-critical, electric utilities and smart campuses are taking advantage of this new ecosystem and figuring out how to use the available spectrum to increase capacity, keep latency low, improve reliability and, achieve more output.

CBRS has forever changed how spectrum will be managed and made available to Utility and Smart Campus network operators. Combined with the elimination of the high cost of the EPC and a worldwide LTE technology ecosystem there has never been a better time to deploy a private network.—Todd Owen, VP Sales

Man at electric utility headquarters with CBRS LTE Network
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Electric utilities see the opportunity in CBRS LTE networks

Key benefits:

Electric utilities generate, transmit, and distribute power to homes and businesses. Their functionality is key to modern society and the economy.

For Electric Utilities that depend on data transmissions from fixed-wireless access points, CBRS LTE solutions using SAS-enabled shared spectrum help to create a powerful network. By utilizing the 3.5 GHz radio band, electric utility companies can expand capacity and build highly reliable wireless networks that offer cost-effective fixed wireless access with low latency and deliver real-time communications to all their sensors, cameras, and industrial IoT.

Electric utilities need greater security, reliability, and speed with CBRS LTE networks

Operators need quicker feedback loops and situational awareness to manage an elaborate grid that includes distributed energy resources and growing demand for electricity. We need utility-grade, private communications networks so that operators can improve efficiency, maintain reliability, and quickly recover from damaged electrical lines during hurricanes, wildfires, and other natural disasters, as well as cyber and physical threats by malicious actors. Electric utility networks must maintain grid visibility even when the power is out and commercial communications are down.

Typically, data traffic competes for shared bandwidth; electric utilities require dedicated bandwidth so that critical control data gets through, especially as millions of consumers clog commercial networks. Electric utility communications are critical and should not compete with commercial traffic for network bandwidth. By deploying private LTE networks on the added CBRS band, utilities can control their network to ensure that they have access to its full capacity when needed.

Wireless infrastructure, a key strategic asset for electric utilities

The CBRS Alliance considers the new CBRS LTE technology well-suited to the electric industry. Companies that want to grow into remote monitoring and higher bitrate traffic will find the CRBS LTE access of up to 150 megahertz of General Authorized Access (GAA) or potentially up to 40 megahertz of the Priority Access Licenses (PAL) spectrum, to be that utility-grade network of reliability and security needed to keep up with today’s electricity demands.

Smart Campuses choose CBRS LTE to provide high-speed private wireless for dorms, academic buildings, and university services, such as campus public safety

Key benefits:

The worldwide pandemic is driving networking changes as colleges and universities confront how to either re-open their campuses or support students and staff who remain on-campus. Consequently, higher ed has an ever-growing set of wireless connection challenges to serve their highly mobile faculty, staff, and administration.

Smart Campuses are looking at CBRS as a backhaul for Wi-Fi hot spots for outdoor classrooms in quad areas and public parking lots. Students sequestered in residence halls need additional wireless broadband to be able to complete their studies without experiencing insecure Wi-Fi or inferior coverage inside their buildings.


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Expectations are growing for campus IT to manage a wide range of campus connectivity including:

CBRS LTE is a new class of connectivity that spans Wi-Fi and cellular, which promises campus IT and facilities teams more visibility and control of their networks and devices while offering a better student experience. New CBRS spectrum rules enable smart campuses to reserve their own dedicated spectrum to deploy LTE networks. CBRS LTE is an ideal platform to streamline deployments and enable placements almost anywhere on the campus. With CBRS, a single network can backhaul all campus IoT traffic even if different buildings/schools run their own IT networks.

Internet of Things (IoT) for Facilities/Building Management

Low-cost sensors, powerful cloud, edge computing capabilities, and new management platforms to enable data-driven insights and automated decision making, are making IoT solutions critical to a state-of-the-art campus. With campus IT expected to manage and provide reliable wired, wireless, mobile, and IoT connectivity, CBRS LTE provides a solution for campus safety, building automation, and basic connectivity like video backhaul or simply ‘calling home’ from previously unreachable locations.

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Council Rock CBRS Starter Kit

Combine the TELiG E1500 powerful computing platform utilizing the latest LTE technology, with the carrier-class LTE Advanced small cell eNodeB AirSpeed 1030.

Council Rock is the perfect partner for Electric Utilities, Smart Campuses, and other organizations seeking to benefit from the performance, reliability, agility, security, and cost benefits of private CBRS LTE networks. Our FCC-certified solutions, including the E1500, can help you take advantage of the benefits of private CBRS LTE networks. 

Talk to our sales team at Council Rock to learn more about how you can deploy on CBRS today.

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