The total cost of ownership (TCO) for fixed OnGo in the 3.5 GHz CBRS band

A white paper by Monica Paolini, Senza Fili, prepared for the CBRS Alliance

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OnGo unlocks new, valuable spectrum for fixed and mobile users for licensed and lightly licensed access using a three-tiered system, while preserving the incumbents’ rights to the spectrum assets.

This innovative approach allows spectrum sharing among multiple users, which will result in a more efficient use of spectrum resources and give many wireless players the opportunity to expand their networks or deploy new ones. 

The white paper presents the results of a TCO model looks at the business case for fixed OnGo for three use cases: a WISP, a hospital, and an enterprise site. Each use case has distinct requirements, so the TCO can be easily extended to assess other use cases whose requirements are similar to one of the three.

It is an attractive business case. OnGo offers the performance of licensed spectrum to players that cannot afford to pay for a cellular license, at a lower expected cost with Priority Access License (PAL) access and without any licensing cost for General Authorized Access (GAA).

In our model, WISPs can expect to become profitable by Year 3 and have a 51% profitability by Year 5. The TCO for WISPs is comparable to the one for the current legacy use with the Wireless Incumbent Access (3.65-3.7 GHz), but OnGo gives them access up to 150 MHz of new spectrum in the highly valuable 3.5 GHz band. With PAL, WISPs can get protected spectrum access to part of the 3.5 GHz band.

The TCO for enterprise and other entities such a hospitals, public entities, educational institutions, and real-estate owners is also a good one. The costs are in line with those for unlicensed links, but these new users of the CBRS band get access to up to 150 MHz of spectrum that is currently not available to them, and to rely on the global and standards-based LTE technology and ecosystem.

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