Getting a jump on private LTE networks


Vendor partnerships usually don’t raise too many eyebrows or pulse rates around here, but when I came across an announcement by Lemko and Federated Wireless promoting a joint effort on the Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) it did get my attention.

CBRS, if you aren’t familiar, refers to shared 3.5 GHz spectrum recently opened by the FCC for commercial applications, and everyone from the big carriers to the likes of Cisco and Google are throwing their weight behind it. One possible application would be LTE services, which could come in the form of extended carrier networks, new cable service provider networks, and even private enterprise networks for IoT or other connectivity.

Federated Wireless, one of the vendors involved in this new partnership, has been among the most active companies in bringing CBRS to reality  (See also: “The wireless spectrum sharing mover and shaker you might not know“). Federated has designed cloud-based spectrum controller technology that will enable service providers and enterprises to safely exploit the new shared spectrum, and as it turns out, will work with with Lemko’s 4G EZ Access Point for building private LTE networks indoors or outdoors.

LEMK-WHO?

I acknowledge having been completely oblivious to Lemko, despite the fact that the Itasca, Ill., company has been around since 2003 as the brainchild of a few former Motorola employees and is the self-proclaimed “world’s leading provider of Private LTE Networks” (previously, it called itself “the leader in Virtualized Core Network OS for Super Mobility”…). So I connected with Norman Fekrat, an investor in the company as well as its chief strategy and revenue officer, to learn more about how Lemko might help move the CBRS market forward.

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