According to Rob Cerbone, VP of Product Management and Marketing at Communication Technology Services (CTS), the company has been moving towards selling connectivity services directly to corporate customers and as a result has expanded its portfolio to deliver complete signal sources without the carriers.
‘The company needs it now […] take control of their own destiny for coverage in the building, ”Cerbone said RCR wireless news, adding that CTS believes that a private network will provide these customers with the best balance between the reliability of a wired connection and the flexibility of wireless from an operational perspective.
“There’s a lot of noise in the 5G industry, and companies are confused,” he continued, “What we do is put the customer in control of the network; they can define their rules and control their data.”
Today, CTS offers private LTE networks because the equipment available in the spectrum they use is primarily 4G or LTE equipment.
“There is a huge opportunity today for a company to implement a 4G LTE private network,” Cerbone said. “Many things we do today take advantage of the principles that come with 5G.”
Specifically, Cerbone explained how the growing emphasis on edge computing in 5G is already being addressed is how CTS is implementing a 4G private network.
“Børere […] trying to push the network closer and closer to the company so they can get better performance, ”he continued. “When we implement a private network, we actually put an edge compute resource in place, so we already do. Even though it’s not 5G, we get very high performance and low latency.”
Furthermore, Cerbone talked about another thing the company does, which is “5G-like”, which is the ability to allocate network resources to different applications or user groups to optimize the network’s performance across the company. This, of course, is akin to networking, a feature often highlighted when discussing 5G.
“[Private] networking is like a Swiss Army knife, ”said Cerbone. “It’s like trying to find the tools on the knife that will be best for you: do you want a bottle opener, a nail file?”
CBRS spectrum is central to CTS’s private LTE games. The company is creating a CBRS / PLTE network showroom at its technology center in Phoenix, Arizona, and has implemented several CBRS / PLTE designs using iBWave and RanPlan.