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The Anterix Active Ecosystem – Incubating Innovations to Transform

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Chief Operating Officer Anterix

Ryan Gerbrandt is the Chief Operating Officer for Anterix and oversees the company’s sales, product development, marketing, operations, technology and engineering efforts. Prior to Anterix, Ryan...

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Wireless Broadband for Utilities The utility industry—which is fundamental for every home and business—is facing both extreme environmental conditions and evolving technologies that place ever- increasing focus on accelerating grid modernization while simultaneously mitigating potential near-term risks. And at the center of this evolution is the critical, empowering function that broadband wireless communications can provide.

Much to their credit, we’re seeing utilities across the U.S. working towards adoption of private LTE (PLTE) networks, and the emerging ecosystem of supporting devices, services and solutions is already impressive. While on the face of it the ecosystem may seem like standard fare to many—and that may be true if your perspective is rooted in the telecommunications industry where 3GPP-developed standards have been dominant—but this is the beginning of a long awaited and desired journey for the utility sector. This robust and growing ecosystem enables utilities to rapidly and confidently drive innovation on top of a truly standards-based platform, providing them the same leverage, scale and scope that has long been available in telecom through LTE.

Anterix is proud to support this effort with solution tailored to this vital industry.  We have made it our mission to help propel wireless broadband for critical infrastructure. This starts with 900 MHz spectrum (now FCC sanctioned for broadband use by utilities), but our commitment goes far beyond simply supplying spectrum. Anterix has uniquely established a core capability at the intersection of the telecommunications and energy sectors and continues to bring focus and solutions in support of utilities’ pursuit of PLTE networks, designed to address utilities’ most important wireless use cases.

Recently Anterix introduced the Anterix Active Ecosystem program to bring more than 55 (and growing) leading technology companies together to support the development of products and services for 900 MHz PLTE networks. The range and diversity of capabilities that program members have brought to the Ecosystem is impressive, joining together the best device, service and solution leaders for the benefit of both utilities and their customers.

Utilities stand to substantially benefit from this collaborative program, as the Anterix Active Ecosystem offers access to many of the key technologies and technology innovators needed to build, deploy and manage their PLTE networks. Moreover, the program gathers and supports numerous leading industry solutions that deliver value from these networks, providing greater operational control and efficiency to enable these businesses to succeed. Additionally, a range of security-focused organizations collaborating with other technology vendors should increase the cybersecurity capabilities of 900 MHz PLTE networks.

Members of the Anterix Active Ecosystem include major companies that have long served the utility industry as well as many innovative companies relatively new to the space, wanting to help deliver real solutions to real problems. This mix of members provides a solid foundation of industry knowledge infused with the innovations of emerging technology companies that will enhance outcomes for utilities today and into the future.

The Anterix Active Ecosystem already includes leading telecommunications companies such as Nokia, Motorola Solutions and Ericsson to provide Radio Access Network (RAN) infrastructure; leading AMI players Itron and Landis+Gyr; chipset providers like Qualcomm and Sequans; industrial IOT solution providers such as Cisco and GE.  and many more. Also contributing value are innovative companies such as Index AR and Kognitiv Spark, breaking ground in the emerging technologies of Augmented Reality (AR) and mixed reality, respectively. Cutting edge companies Line Vision (Resiliency), Telit & Sierra Wireless (IoT), Onclave (cybersecurity), Azzetti Networks (Push-to-Talk), 4RF (SCADA), Druid Software (Enhanced Packet Core), ADRF (in-building solutions), Council Rock (rugged edge devices) and so many others not only supporting all aspects of private networks, but also bringing fresh perspectives and energy.

As the Anterix Active Ecosystem continues to grow, it will enhance flexibility of choice for the utility industry. We like to think of this as a collective value to all those utilities and ecosystem participants, where the “network effect” will prove to be a positive cumulative value over time. Together with this expansive array of program members, Anterix will provide the secure and fully controllable PLTE solutions utilities require to meet their specific use cases, enabling more rapid grid modernization.  We are excited to be a part of this innovative future.

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