Federated Wireless is launching a turnkey 4G\/5G service through a partnership with Amazon Web Services and\u00a0 Microsoft Azure that runs over Citizens Broadband Radio Service\u00a0(CBRS), which the Federal Communications Commission opened up to public use in January.\nThe idea is pretty simple: Federated\u2019s new connectivity-as-a-service offering can be purchased directly through both the AWS Marketplace and Azure for a monthly fee. The company\u2019s consultants and engineers do a walkthrough or site survey, ship CBRS equipment, install it on the customer\u2019s network and monitor and manage the system afterwards.\nIt's an idea with a straightforward upside: The 3.5GHz range in which CBRS operates is similar to traditional Wi-Fi, but doesn\u2019t have the unpredictable multiplicity of other users to contend with. That means Federated is able to offer the same type of high-end throughput as a contemporary Wi-Fi system, but without all the interference from other unlicensed devices.\nThis makes it more suitable for applications where reliability and mobility are key, according to 650 Group technology analyst Chris DePuy.\n\u201c[U]se cases will include critical communications (employee to employee communication in a warehouse or amusement park), connecting vehicles in motion (like airplanes, vehicles, boats, heavy equipment), backhaul of other network traffic (like WiFi, BT, Zigbee), or potentially to connect machines,\u201d he said. The move to use CBRS in enterprise applications has long been anticipated, and OEMs have been making radios and other gear for this particular piece of spectrum for some time, he said.\nFederated CEO Iyad Tarazi said that the service is well suited for complex IoT deployments. \u201cSo the ideal customer is one that\u2019s looking at public cloud, they\u2019re looking to adopt advanced IoT and they want simple connectivity to go with it,\u201d he said. \u201cWe are not looking to replace Wi-Fi here. We\u2019re going to keep the solution very simple.\u201d\nCBRS has long been sought after by the tech industry to help ease the spectrum crunch around Wi-Fi and other unlicensed radio technologies. While part of CBRS is still reserved for federal government use, the FCC late last month opened up a large part of the band for commercial use, and more applications could well be on the way.\nThe FCC approved three tiers of access to CBRS:\n\nIncumbent: This tier guarantees that users that historicly held exclusive rights to the band \u2013 satellite ground stations and some military organizations \u2013 can still use it without interference from users in the other two tiers.\nPriority access: Licenses will be issued county-by-county to winners of spectrum auctions scheduled for June 25. Winners of the licensed channels will have exclusive rights to them in their geographic areas but must protect against interfering with incumbent users as well as tolerate interference from the incumbents.\nGeneral authorized access: This tier does not require an FCC license but allows use so long as it doesn\u2019t interfere with the other two tiers and tolerates interference from them.\n\n\u201cThis is a very fast-evolving market, we\u2019re learning and moving fast, things will look very different in a year,\u201d Tarazi said.\nFederated\u2019s private 4G\/5G CBRS connectivity service for AWS and Azure is available now for $370 per month per access point.