If you have a CBRS LTE network to build, given requirements on facility characteristics, device density and application performance, Celona's Network Planner can help figure out how many indoor and outdoor access points (AP) you might need. But then again, all of us have to answer the simple question: what's the performance of a wireless AP?

Summary below highlights the expected total data rate for a CBRS based LTE AP, assuming several generic CBRS capable client devices are on the other end of the wireless connection. It is assumed that the AP comes with two radios, each capable of operating on a separate 20MHz channel within the CBRS spectrum. Note that Career Aggregation (CA) allows for bonding of 20MHz channels across two radios in the download direction and is not available for traffic flows in the upload direction.

Download speeds per AP with at least one client device active:

  • LTE-TDD Config 1 peak speed: 130Mbps with CA, 65Mbps without CA

  • LTE-TDD Config 2 peak speed: 188Mbps with CA, 94Mbps without CA

Upload speeds per AP with more than one client device active:

  • LTE-TDD Config 1 peak speed: 27Mbps per radio, 54Mbps per AP

  • LTE-TDD Config 2 peak speed: 14Mbps per radio, 28Mbps per AP

If you are also looking for a similar set of practical information on coverage metrics for a CBRS LTE access point, make sure to read our article on the topic. And if you are curious to see what you should expect for the total capacity of a CBRS based LTE network, check out our next article in the series.

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