Westell Technologies, a leading provider of high-performance network infrastructure solutions, announced that its In-Building Wireless (IBW) business unit has entered into a product agreement with ip.access that includes the development of a small cell solution based on the Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS), now known as OnGo, spectrum.
Under the terms of the agreement, Westell and ip.access are partnering to develop and market an OnGo small cell solution for the private LTE market. Working with ip.access, a leading small cell solutions provider, Westell plans to offer a carrier-grade solution that features increased range, robust throughput, and quality of service for voice and data via a single, high-performance device.
The emerging market for cost-effective private LTE networks is driven by the automation and mobility demands of campus-based enterprises and industrial businesses. Medical centers, hotels and resorts, theme parks, multi-family residential developments, transportation hubs, universities and other campus-based enterprises require numerous safety-critical and business-critical services such as high-bandwidth wireless voice and data communication, closed-circuit TV, and point-of-sale terminals. For industrial businesses, including manufacturing and logistic operations, private LTE networks can connect and control pick-and-place machinery and automated guided vehicles to efficiently maintain inventory records and track movements through the supply chain.