You will need Certified Professional Installer (CPI) credentials in order to activate your Celona Access Points (AP) and request for their access to CBRS spectrum via the Spectrum Access System (SAS) services used by FCC in the United States.

In order to add CPI information to your sites configured within the Celona Orchestrator, a Certified Professional Installer must be added to your account. To add your installer details, click the account icon (top-right) and select Users from the dropdown.

Account users within the Celona Orchestrator

On the Users page, click Add User to continue.

Adding a new user within the Celona Orchestrator

Add the contact details for your CPI and be sure to select Installer as the Role. Click Add and Orchestrator will send an email to the CPI inviting them to create an account.

Once the CPI has created a password and logged in they should add their CPI ID, and certificate to their profile. They would click the account icon, top-right, select Profile, and follow the instructions in the CPI Certificate Information panel.

Adding CPI certificate within the Celona Orchestrator

With your CPI information added to the Orchestrator, we can proceed to configure your Celona APs.

Celona AP configuration and CPI validation

Select Access Points from the left hand menu, select the AP you want to configure.

Celona Access Point details in the Orchestrator

The screenshot above shows the AP Details before the configuration has been completed. Click the pencil icon to add installation parameters.

Celona Access Point installation in the Orchestrator

For an indoor AP, only the latitude and longitude data are required. Outdoor APs require additional data including:

  • antenna model used,
  • azimuth and downtilt (in degrees).

In order to comply with FCC regulations, your CPI is responsible for adding, and verifying, the accuracy of information related to the AP installation at your site.

Celona Outdoor Access Point antenna configuration in the Orchestrator

Once all of the data is entered, you must check the box for CPI compliance and hit Save. This should be repeated for each Celona AP deployed. If you have a large number of APs to provision, all of this information can be entered using the Celona API: to arrange access, please email us at support@celona.io.

Once the AP is provisioned, Celona Orchestrator will now begin the automated process of acquiring your spectrum grants from SAS. You can track the status of your SAS grants from the Access Points page of the Orchestrator. If an AP shows status a Provisioned, it is connected to the Orchestrator but awaiting a grant to start broadcasting. As soon as the grant is received and the radio is “live”, the AP status in the Orchestrator will change to Up.

As APs come up, our self-organizing network (SON) algorithms automate the process of frequency assignment and TX power configuration for each AP, ensuring your users and devices experience seamless handover across your coverage areas.

To check on the status of your new site, click the Celona logo (top-left) which will always take you to the main dashboard, showing you the status of all your sites, physical assets and connected devices.

Main dashboard in the Celona Orchestrator

Select your new site from the dropdown to view the site-specific status of your Celona APs and Edge Clusters. All up? Great, let’s connect some devices.


In this next article in the series, we will show you how to onboard CBRS capable devices onto your Celona network for connectivity.

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