Boingo Wireless has deployed a private LTE cellular network on the 3.5GHz citizens broadband radio service (CBRS) band at Dallas Love Field Airport (DAL) in the US.
Part of a commercial trial, the launch has demonstrated optimised wireless performance at airports using a private LTE cellular network.
Boingo secured special temporary authority (STA) from the US Federal Communications Commission to carry out the CBRS trial at Dallas Love Field Airport for a six-month period.
Boingo Wireless chief technology officer Dr Derek Peterson said: “Boingo’s technical demonstration of CBRS at DAL is a pivotal step forward for the wireless industry as the technology will help accommodate connectivity in the 5G era.
“Our neutral host CBRS network operates as a private LTE solution with maximal radio resource utilisation, expanding wireless coverage and capacity at DAL for streamlined airport operations.
“The technology is part of Boingo’s wireless convergence roadmap that leverages licensed, unlicensed and shared spectrum. We applaud the Dallas team for their commitment to innovation and look forward to continued momentum with the trial to maximise CBRS’s full potential.”
Considered as key spectrum for 5G networks, CBRS allocates 3.5GHz on demand in a shared spectrum model.
Large public venues such as airports and stadiums are suitable places for CBRS deployments as the band offers a complementary mid-band spectrum for secure connectivity in dense, high-trafficked areas.
City of Dallas aviation director Mark Duebner said: “DAL is proud to be part of this trailblazing achievement and lead the airport industry into the future of wireless innovation.
“As our wireless partner, Boingo has delivered cellular DAS, WiFi and passpoint solutions that help power an outstanding passenger experience.”
DAL services more than 15 million travellers per annum.