Comcast is optimistic to test mobile service and fixed wireless within CBRS (Citizens Broadband Radio Service) starting next month in native Philadelphia.
The company has filed an application, to organize outdoor field trials beginning from 1st of March, with the Federal Communications Commission under one-year experimental license in 3.65 GHz to 3.7 GHz band.
According to the cable giant, the fixed wireless and mobile testing will occur within a 4-mile radius (roughly) of the city’s downtown.
The company wrote, “The field test will evaluate coverage, throughput, and mobility of equipment and facilities operating in the CBRS band to obtain data and advance Comcast’s understanding of the full potential of the technology and equipment utilized in these experimental operations”.
This trials will also determine CBRS band’s prototype equipment, which includes rooftop-mounted transmitters at former or current cell sites.
Though company could have utilized unlicensed or shared spectrum to strengthen its service, last year, Comcast under the agreement with Verizon, launched Xfinity Mobile wireless service.
Meanwhile, in the previous year, Nokia submitted an FCC application to showcase its small cell solutions to Comcast in the CBRS band.