Comcast’s interest in using the 3.5 GHz Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) band is an open secret, as the band has been recognized as an important mid-range 5G spectrum around the world and the United States has set that frequency aside for LTE services that is opened up for operators to expand their capacity and provide industries and enterprises to deploy private networks.
Comcast’s recent application for an experimental license in CBRS not only highlights its efforts to get the spectrum for experimental purpose but also suggests that the company is trying to keep that work secret from anybody else.
The cable giant is intending to conduct tests in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania and Cherry Hill, New Jersey to test its operations and utilize the spectrum to enhance its wireless service offerings, but in along with its application, Comcast has also requested the Federal Communication Commission to treat the certain information in the application which pertain to its unique plans to test operations using CBRS band as confidential because the company also did not disclose that information to public.
Though much of its test operation work is kept secret by the Comcast, but it did share some details about that plans like it said that the test it will be conducting at both sites will start on April 15 and remained continued for a period of one year and company will be using equipment from Ericsson and Ruckus to conduct those trials.
Comcast, before commercially launching its offerings, is seeking outdoor, in-the-field trials of its network to evaluate factors like throughput, coverage and mobility along with testing the performance of network equipment in the band.
All test conducted by Comcast will remained limited to the 3650-3700 MHz band to make it sure to comply with the operational restrictions in 3.6 GHz exclusion zone of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).