Anterix与公用事业公司Ameren签署了900兆赫频谱租赁协议,预计不久的将来会有更多的交易

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据PrimIX公司总裁兼首席执行官Rob Schwartz说,PrAxIX最近宣布了首个900兆赫频谱租赁,这是一个与美国的30年协议,一个服务于密苏里和伊利诺斯西部大部分地区的电力公司,价值约4800万美元,预计这将为美国许多私人LTE交易的第一个提供光谱基础。

施瓦茨证实,阿梅伦同意从Anterix租用900兆赫宽带频谱30年,续约10年。

Ameren是使用Anterix许可的900 MHz宽带频谱进行网络试验的几个公用事业公司中的第一个。

据PrimIX公司总裁兼首席执行官Rob Schwartz说,PrAxIX最近宣布了首个900兆赫频谱租赁,这是一个与美国的30年协议,一个服务于密苏里和伊利诺斯西部大部分地区的电力公司,价值约4800万美元,预计这将为美国许多私人LTE交易的第一个提供光谱基础。

施瓦茨证实,阿梅伦同意从Anterix租用900兆赫宽带频谱30年,续约10年。该合同是Anterix迈出的重要一步,Anterix最初提议将900兆赫的无线电波转换为>

施瓦茨接受IWCE《紧急通讯》采访时说:“对我们来说,最重要的是,这是一个非常有力的声明,表明我们将继续留这里,我们是Ameren的战略合作伙伴。”。“我们打算超越频谱,帮助他们思考如何从本地区的LTE网络中获得最大价值,同时帮助整个行业实现‘网络网络’的概念。”

除了提供支持私人LTE网络的频谱,Schwartz说他相信通过帮助Ameren和其他关键基础设施实体引导供应商选择过程,以及为关键基础设施实体培育解决方案生态系统,可以帮助他们

施瓦茨说:“需要明确的是,我们与Ameren达成的协议是长期租用我们的频谱。”。“但它考虑到,本着诚意,我们将找出其他方式,我们可以帮助他们,因为他们继续建设和拥有自己的私人LTE网络的旅程。”

Ameren是使用Anterix许可的900 MHz宽带频谱进行网络试验的几个公用事业公司中的第一个。Ameren的高级副总裁兼首席数字信息官Bhavani Amirthalingam解释了私有LTE将如何未来的公用事业中发挥重要作用

Amirtalingam一份事先准备好的声明中说:“我们将900兆赫专用LTE视为数字化战略的重要组成部分,以支持Ameren及其客户的广泛利益,从而最终将20多个传统网络整合到一个平台上。”

“Anterix一直是我们追求数字电网关键通信层的宝贵合作伙伴。未来几十年里,这一私人LTE网络将通过一系列宽带应用和服务,包括整合分布式能源,帮助我们2050年实现净零碳排放目标,从而提高电网的可靠性和安全性。”

施瓦茨也表达了这种观点,他指出,可再生能源未来将发挥越来越重要的作用

施瓦茨接受IWCE《紧急通讯》采访时说:“要通过太阳能和风能将所有这些不同的能源与电动汽车充电连接起来,你真的需要一个强健、可靠、安全的通信网络。”。“这是我们所认为的解决方案的很大一部分是针对这个专用LTE网络的。”

此外,施瓦茨称,拥有私人LTE网络的公用事业公司将有新的选择,因为它们试图挫败个人和国家黑客日益增长的网络攻击威胁

他说:“我们正寻找一些真正具有创新精神的公司,它们正建立一些基于软件甚至硬件的非凡能力。”。“如果你(电力公司的官员)把一个通信节点放一个控制变压器的电线杆上,因为这是你的网络,你实际上可以放一个物理硬件来进行某种程度的监控或控制

“外面有一些非常整洁的东西。因为它不是移动的,所以它不需要安装手机或设备中,因为你有空间把另一个盒子放电线杆上。有一些非常简洁的解决方案最适合应用于私人LTE的一些工业用户,这样他们就可以LTE已经是安全系统的基础上拥有这一增强的安全层。”

阿梅伦预计不会长期成为900兆赫宽带频谱的唯一用户,施瓦茨说,他预计安泰利克斯将3月31日前宣布另一笔或两笔交易

施瓦茨说:“我们认为这是一个转折点。“有了一个像Ameren(签署合同)一样聪明和有影响力的公用事业公司,我们确实认为这将有助于加速市场了解如何交易、如何获得频谱、如何向前发展,并将加入集体行动,将私人LTE引入公用事业市场。”

预想公用事业和其他关键基础设施实体将利用900兆赫宽带无线电波作为专用LTE网络的频谱基础,但3×3 MHz的SWAWS授权给AdvIX带来一些限制。因此,施瓦茨表示,他预计公用事业公司将通过利用其他可用频谱(尤其是3.5ghz的CBRS频段)来补充900mhz的无线电波,以支持更高带宽的应用,例如从给定位置的多个来源传输高清视频

施瓦茨认为,能够开发和部署900兆赫和其他频段上运行的LTE解决方案,对关键的基础设施网络运营商和供应商都将是有益的

他说:“我们确实认为,这桩阿美伦交易显然对安泰利克斯有利,但更重要的是,这是公用事业整体市场采用率的一个转折点,对其他行业也是如此。”。“我们正关注所有私有LTE的发展势头,很多都是由CBRS开发的生态系统产生的

“我们都一起。作为全国唯一的低带宽解决方案之一,我们非常期待建立这一网络网络,将公用事业和其他关键基础设施结合起来,以解决这些真正重要的问题。”

 

英文译文:

Anterix recently announced its first 900 MHz spectrum lease, a 30-year deal with Ameren—a power utility serving most of Missouri and western Illinois—worth about $48 million that is expected to provide the spectral foundation for the first of many private LTE deals in the U.S., according to Anterix President and CEO Rob Schwartz.

Schwartz confirmed that the Ameren agreed to lease 900 MHz broadband spectrum from Anterix for 30 years, with a 10-year renewal option. The contract represents a significant step for Anterix, which initially proposed transitioning the 900 MHz airwaves from LMR usage to LTE usage in 2014—when the company was known as Pacific DataVision—before receiving FCC approval to make the change last spring.

“The material thing for us is that this is a pretty strong statement that we are here to stay, and we are as a strategic partner to Ameren,” Schwartz said during an interview with . “We intend to go well beyond spectrum in helping them think about how to get the most value out of the LTE network in their region, as well as helping the industry overall with this concept of a ‘network of networks.’”

In addition to providing spectrum to support private LTE networks, Schwartz said that he believes can help Ameren and other critical-infrastructure entities by helping them navigate the vendor-selection process, as well as fostering an ecosystem of solutions for critical-infrastructure entities.

“Just to be clear, the agreement that we have with Ameren is about leasing our spectrum for the long term,” Schwartz said. “But it contemplates that, in good faith, we’re going to figure out other ways in which we can be helpful to them, as they continue down the journey of building and owning their own private LTE network.”

Ameren was the first of several utilities to conduct a network trial using the 900 MHz broadband spectrum licensed to Anterix. Bhavani Amirthalingam, senior vice president and chief digital information officer for Ameren, explained how private LTE will play an important role in the future of the utility.

“We see 900 MHz private LTE as a vital component of our digitization strategy to support a wide range of benefits to Ameren and its customers, allowing for the eventual consolidation of over 20 of our legacy networks onto one platform,” Amirthalingam said in a prepared statement.

“Anterix has been a valuable partner in our pursuit of the critical communications layer of our digital grid. Over the next several decades, this private LTE network will advance the reliability and security of the electric grid through a range of broadband-enabled applications and services, including the integration of distributed energy resources to help us meet our net-zero carbon emissions goal by 2050.”

Schwartz echoed this sentiment, noting the increasing importance that renewable-energy sources are expected to play in the future.

“To connect all of these disparate sources of power—through solar and wind, to EV charging—you really need to have a robust, reliable, secure communications network,” Schwartz said during the interview with . “That’s a big part of what we think the solution set is for this private LTE network.”

In addition, utilities with private LTE networks will have new options as they try to thwart the growing threat of cyberattacks from individual and nation-state hackers, according to Schwartz.

“We’re looking a number of these really innovative companies that are building some phenomenal capabilities that are software-based and even hardware-based,” he said. “If you [officials for a utility] are putting a communications node on a pole that’s going to control a transformer—because it’s your network—you can actually put a physical piece of hardware that’s doing a level of monitoring or control.

“There are some really neat things that are out there. Because it’s not mobile, it doesn’t need to fit into a handset or a device—you have room to put another box on the pole. There are some really neat solutions that are best applied to some of these industrial users of private LTE, so that they can have this enhanced layer of security on top of what’s already a secure system with LTE.”

Ameren is not expected to be the lone user of 900 MHz broadband spectrum for long, as Schwartz said he expects Anterix to announce another deal or two by March 31.

“We see this as a tipping point,” Schwartz said. “With a utility that’s as smart and influential as Ameren [signing a contract], we do think that’s going to help accelerate the marketplace to understand to how to transact, how to get the spectrum, how to move forward and will join the collective action to bring private LTE to the utility marketplace.”

Anterix expects that utilities and other critical-infrastructure entities will utilize the 900 MHz broadband airwaves as a spectral foundation for private LTE networks, but the 3×3 MHz swath licensed to Anterix creates some limitations. As a result, Schwartz said he expects utilities will complement the 900 MHz airwaves by leveraging other available spectrum—notably, the CBRS band at 3.5 GHz—to support higher-bandwidth applications, such as like streaming high-definition video from multiple sources in given location.

Being able to develop and deploy LTE solutions that operate at 900 MHz and other spectrum bands should prove beneficial to critical-infrastructure network operators and vendors alike, according to Schwartz.

“We really see this Ameren deal as obviously being great for Anterix, but more importantly, as an inflection point of the market adoption—in utilities overall, but also for other industrials,” he said. “We’re watching all of the private LTE momentum, a lot of being it generated by the ecosystem that’s being developed for CBRS,

“We’re all in it together. And being one of the only nationwide low-band solutions for this, we’re really looking forward to building this network of networks to bring together utilities and other critical infrastructure to solve these really important problems.”

 

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