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Samsung Electronics Joins CBRS Alliance

March 13, 2017

The CBRS Alliance has added several landmark member companies to the organization, including the United States' four leading mobile operators and Samsung Electronics America, Inc. All five companies are global innovators that are recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies that impact the vast majority of today's wireless users.

In becoming part of the CBRS Alliance, the new members join a coalition of industry-leading organizations dedicated to developing, marketing and promoting LTE-based solutions utilizing the shared spectrum of the U.S. 3.5 GHz Commercial Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) band. Each company's accomplished track record in the wireless industry makes them well-suited member additions that will support the continued growth and success of the CBRS Alliance.

"Samsung has long been at the forefront of mobile industry innovation, including our work in small cells. As the industry has evolved and our customers' needs have changed over time, we have developed solutions to accommodate those needs and changes," said Alok Shah, VP, Strategy, Business Development, and Marketing, Networks Division at Samsung Electronics America. "We look forward to working with the Alliance and its members to address wireless industry capacity challenges with the CBRS band and shared spectrum."

"The addition of our newest Alliance members highlights the strong interest in the 3.5GHz CBRS band and further emphasizes the importance of the work of the Alliance in the development of LTE-based technologies," said Neville Meijers, VP Business Development, Qualcomm Technologies Inc., and chairman of the board for the CBRS Alliance. "We look forward to collaborating with each of them, as well as our other Alliance members to create and deliver new and compelling customer experiences."

Alongside the rest of the CBRS Alliance member companies, Samsung and the country's leading wireless operators will evangelize LTE-based CBRS technology, use cases and business opportunities. In addition to the technology developments of members necessary to fulfill the mission -- including multi-operator LTE capabilities -- the collaborative efforts of the Alliance will aim to establish an effective product certification program for LTE equipment in the U.S. 3.5 GHz band, ensuring multi-vendor interoperability.

"As we pursue the next chapter in wireless innovation -- utilizing shared spectrum -- the Alliance's capabilities and successes will be furthered significantly by industry-leading partners like Samsung and the nation's top wireless operators," said Iyad Tarazi, Chief Executive Officer, Federated Wireless and CBRS Alliance board member. "We are thrilled to have several additional industry leaders on-board."

Since the six founding wireless technology companies initially formed the Alliance in February 2016, the organization has added 31 new corporate members that share a commitment to their shared mission. Looking ahead to the remainder of 2017, the 37 organizations making up The CBRS Alliance will collaborate to develop LTE-based solutions in the U.S. 3.5 GHz frequency band -- a critical tool to meet rapidly expanding wireless data demands.

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