Software and services vendor Amdocs has been approved as a Spectrum Access System (SAS) administrator for the CBRS private network ecosystem. A SAS administrator helps to operate and control access to CBRS frequencies so that they don’t interfere with others using the network simultaneously. Amdocs is now a viable option should a real estate owner decided to install a CBRS private network in their building. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved Amdocs to operate as a commercial SAS administrator this spring. The approval came after the FCC reviewed Amdocs’ Initial Commercial Deployment (ICD) report and a consultation with the Department of Defense and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration.
Amdocs initially applied for SAS authorization alongside other applicants but the FCC did not certify the company to operate as administrators in the 3.5 GHz band in January with the rest.
Now authorized as an SAS administrator, Amdocs believes the combination of its software and consulting service capabilities, which include SAS, and its network expertise will help bring the enterprise IT, Internet of Things (IoT) and LTE/5G/private network worlds together. Unified, these different aspects of the connectivity arena can help wireless service providers, utility companies, healthcare organizations and other enterprises, address their unique communications and connectivity needs as well as meet their customers’ digital demands.
“We are proud to play an integral part in the production and commercialization of new network services and business models based on the ground-breaking CBRS shared spectrum program,” Anthony Goonetilleke, Amdocs group president of Media, Network and Technology said in a statement. “At a time where high-speed connectivity, including 5G, is more important than ever, the democratization of radio spectrum through CBRS enables service providers to deliver new public and private wireless networks, while enterprises across industries will benefit from improved connectivity and service flexibility. Amdocs is excited to support the accelerated design and delivery of next-generation networks with our ecosystem of network solutions and services, including our FCC-approved SAS platform.”
The FCC’s decision will also help expand Amdocs’ services suite. The company already offers services and solutions that cover wireless network design, rollout, testing and operations for CBRS and non-CBRS based networks. Amdocs is also currently an active member of open network tech ecosystems such as O-RAN Alliance and the Telecom Infrastructure Project (TIP). The company’s memberships help support the integration and operation a range of open and cost-effective network infrastructure.
“Combining the Amdocs SAS capabilities with its broader portfolio of software and services enables Amdocs to create unique ecosystems of vendor-agnostic and open solutions addressing the needs of specific industry verticals in an end-to-end manner,” the company said.