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How can utilities leverage the license free ISM band (902-927 MHz) with freeRAN™?


The ISM band is a good choice for (902-928 MHz)
The industrial, scientific, and medical (ISM) band is a cost-effective choice for deploying a private network. Spanning 902-928 MHz, the ISM band is a relatively wide and license-free band that many utilities already use for AMI and radio systems. Ubiik has now enabled the operation of LTE in this unlicensed band through our freeRAN™ LTE base station. This brings all the benefits of LTE’s high standards of connectivity straight to the unlicensed network. LTE is a 3GPP standard, which means the technology has global coverage and is future proof, unlike much of the older traditional proprietary technologies that are currently being deployed in this band.
Utilizing LTE in the license-free band offers several advantages. First, LTE's high spectral efficiency and adaptability enable it to deliver impressive throughput. This adaptability is crucial since the license-free band is prone to interference depending on the number of users in the area. While the quality of service and range may not match that of a deployment in a licensed band, the cost-effectiveness of LTE in the license-free band makes it an attractive option for utilities. Ubiik is currently working hard to make the ISM band into a fully 3GPP designated band. 
Ubiik’s freeRAN™ LTE base station is optimized for the ISM band and is great for metering applications. It is certified for a wide range of LTE UE categories, like CAT-LTE-M, CAT-M1, CAT-1 and CAT-4. Since freeRAN is operating in the 902 to 928 MHz spectrum, there is actually overlap with the standard 3GPP band. This means that there is  a wide range of existing ecosystems and devices can connect to freeRAN™ LTE base stations without requiring hardware or software changes. Ubiik has already conducted successful connectivity tests with LTE routers, Itron smart meters, and even with a Google Pixel 7
Another strong point of freeRAN is (write something about the local EPC stuff). 
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