Posted: January 6, 2016

The first Licensed Shared Access (LSA) pilot in FranceThe most technically extensive pilot worldwide of the recently devised spectrum sharing solution Licensed Shared Access (LSA) was launched in Paris today by French Digital Affairs Minister, Axelle Lemaire, at the office of the award-winning French start-up, RED Technologies. Under the pilot, spectrum allocated to the French Ministry of Defence in the 2.3-2.4 GHz band will be shared using Ericsson’s radio access network. Pioneering technology from RED Technologies, Ericsson and Qualcomm Inc. underpin this pilot.

The success of the French LSA pilot should lead to the release of high volumes of licensed spectrum in France within the next 24 months, further enabling market growth, competition and innovation. On a wider scale, the application of LSA to the 2.3-2.4 GHz band across Europe will release enough spectrum to enable innovative 5G services for all EU citizens.

The combination of Ericsson’s latest Carrier Aggregation technology with RED Technologies’ leading spectrum assessment and management technologies is unique to this pilot. These solutions, combined within a unique state-of-the art LSA user framework enabled by Qualcomm Technologies and applicable to 5G, are a powerful world first.

The roles of the project participants are as follows:

  • Ericsson: Radio Access solution including new Carrier Aggregation technology and Radio Dot System, enabling innovative small cell deployments for high performance indoor voice and data coverage and capacity.
  • RED Technologies: provided a dynamic spectrum management platform based on live radio environment maps and self-organising networking engines.
  • Qualcomm Technologies provided 4G devices powered by a Qualcomm®SnapdragonTM processor

The French regulatory authority ARCEP and the Ministry of Defence authorised the use of the 2.3-2.4 Ghz band for the pilot.

“This initiative touches the core of the French telecoms industry and has the potential to considerably enhance the consumer mobile experience in France as well as generate significant economic return. The participants involved are demonstrating commendable foresight and inventive strength,” French Minister for Digital Affairs, Axelle Lemaire.

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“Spectrum availability is a core condition for flourishing technology adoption and innovation. This LSA pilot is therefore a vital step towards the realisation of Europe’s Digital Single Market,” said Wassim Chourbaji, Vice-President of Government Affairs at Qualcomm Communications s.a.r.l.

“This collaboration will maintain French leadership in LSA. RED Technologies is proud to enable this and sees the pilot as an opportunity to keep on innovating in dynamic spectrum management,” Michael Abitbol, Managing Director of RED Technologies.

“Sufficient availability of licensed spectrum will be a key asset to allow the deployment of 5G services, with the expected capacity and QoS requirements. LSA is an agile technology approach to boost capacity. The combination of licensed and unlicensed bands is a key 5G technology development area” said Thomas Noren, Vice President, Head of Radio Product Management, Ericsson.

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