Altice USA ramps 3.5GHz testing ahead of wireless play

This article was originally posted on Mobile World Live on August 14, 2018

Cable operator Altice USA requested permission from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to conduct mobile testing in the 3.5GHz band as it gears up to launch wireless service in 2019.

Starting 1 September, Altice said it wants to run indoor and outdoor trials using prototype small cells and user devices from Ericsson, Nokia, Airspan Networks, Arris subsidiary Ruckus Wireless and Berkeley Varitronics Systems. The cells will operate between 3650MHz and 3700MHz, with access to the shared band provided by an FCC-approved spectrum access system vendor.

All told, the operator filed for permission to trial 88 small cells at a test location in Deer Park, New York. It expects to wrap up experimental work by 28 February 2019.

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