Recently, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) made a ruling for CBRS or the Citizen’s Broadband Radio Service in the 3.5 GHz band. This ruling opened up 150 MHz of much needed spectrum (3550-3700 MHz) for commercial use. While it is clearly beneficial to create access to spectrum, it is the industry’s turn to roll up its sleeves and get to work on solving challenges around standards definition, technology adoption, coexistence management and other important issues for those who will be utilizing this band under the unique U.S. rules. We must work together to ensure the development of a robust ecosystem to enable access for U.S. businesses and consumers.
With this aim in mind, Intel is pleased to participate in the newly formed CBRS Alliance with five other leading telecommunications and technology companies whose purpose will be to catalyze investment in the 3.5 GHz band in the United States.
CBRS Alliance Mission and Goals
Access Technologies, Federated Wireless, Nokia, Qualcomm, Ruckus Wireless and Intel will work together to encourage trials and eventual commercial deployments using shared spectrum in the 3.5 GHz band that will enable better in-building and outdoor coverage as well as capacity expansion. Working together, the Alliance will ultimately build LTE-based solutions for the CBRS band – creating one of the many paths that will make it possible to help meet challenges associated with the coming data capacity crunch, which experts predict will reach over 30 exabytes per month by 2020. For example, a single smart hospital might use up to three terabytes of data per day.
As a board member, Intel is pleased to support the mission of the CBRS Alliance, which is focused on upholding the common interests of members, implementers and operators for the development, commercialization, and adoption of LTE solutions in this new ecosystem.
The CBRS Alliance will serve as a coalition to create and experiment within the 3.5 GHz band where access to spectrum in the United States may encourage adoption of these new LTE solutions at scale.
Members are also engaging in an initiative for the testing of shared spectrum. Last May, Kansas City, Missouri approved a Google test of the band in eight locations over 18 months to determine its capabilities and capacities. More LTE-based CBRS field trials will be added in the second half of 2016. In preparation for continued market trials and deployments, Intel is working with the ecosystem and supporting our customers in modifying their Time Division Long Term Evolution (TD-LTE) products (based on Intel technology) to the CBRS requirements.
Working together, the CBRS Alliance will help pave the path for the entire industry to utilize new technologies driving the future development of the 3.5 GHz band. Once the crucial groundwork of interoperability, device certification and coexistence is achieved, there will be new connectivity options that have enormous advantages for businesses – such as stadiums, hotels, and more. Intel is pleased to be on the ground floor of this effort.
Shawn A. Covell
Vice President, Intel Communication and Devices Group
Director, Technology Advocacy and Spectrum Strategy
Shawn Covell is vice president in the Communication and Devices Group and director of Technology Advocacy and Spectrum Strategy at Intel Corporation. In this role, Covell is responsible for fostering impactful relationships with key business and policy leaders in Intel’s top 5G markets around the world. She coordinates closely with Intel’s policy teams to drive 5G advocacy aligned with business development and wireless technology platforms and helps create new wireless opportunities for Intel in areas such as 5G, the Internet of Things and automotive.
A 20-year veteran in government relations, Covell is experienced in building international government relations, strategic communications programs and public-private partnerships.
Before joining Intel, Covell served as vice president of Government Affairs at Qualcomm. She led teams responsible for elevating the company’s profile among policymakers, opinion leaders and governments. She oversaw Qualcomm’s technology initiative, Wireless Reach that implemented social and economic development projects leveraging wireless in communities around the world.
Covell sits on the Boards of the CBRS Alliance, the Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA) and the University of California’s School of Global Policy and Strategy.
Covell earned her bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California, Santa Barbara and her master’s degree in international affairs from the School of Global Policy and Strategy at the University of California, San Diego.