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Midco completes CBRS testing.

M2 EQUITYBITES-May 6, 2019-Midco completes CBRS testing

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This week, Midco[R] and Telrad Networks successfully completed initial Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) testing on a market trial license with the Federated Wireless Spectrum Controller, a spectrum access system (SAS), the company said.

The testing proves that Midco's next-generation LTE network can communicate with the SAS for the purpose of dynamic spectrum sharing, allowing Midco to continue closing the Digital Divide in rural America.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) requires SAS systems to manage and assign spectrum on a dynamic, as-needed basis across three tiers of users. This helps to increase spectrum efficiency within the CBRS, 3.5 GHz spectrum band. Midco tested with the Federated Wireless Spectrum Controller at three sites in rural Minnesota and North Dakota, covering approximately 1,348 rural residents and businesses.

The test ensured that the Telrad equipment -- both base stations and customer premises equipment (CPE) -- could successfully communicate with the Spectrum Controller to request spectrum and that the SAS could successfully assign that spectrum.

The final FCC SAS testing and verifications are wrapping up, making way for initial commercial deployments. Midco will be ready to immediately deploy high-speed fixed LTE wireless broadband throughout its rural footprint, providing rural customers with speeds of up to 100 Mbps downloads and 20 Mbps uploads without any data caps.

Founded in 1931, Midco is a provider of reliable, high-speed Internet via wired and fixed wireless technology. By 2025, Midco will deploy 10G, the next great leap for broadband -- while also expanding its fixed wireless network to rural areas. The company also delivers cable TV including MidcoSN (a regional sports network), voice, home security, data center and advertising services, plus wholesale networking solutions. Midco serves 385,000 homes and business in more than 400 communities in Kansas, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Visit Midco.com to learn more about Midco.

Telrad Networks is a global provider of innovative LTE telecom solutions, boasting over 300 4G deployments in 100 countries. Telrad stands at the forefront of the technology evolution with TD-LTE solutions and a path to 5G in the sub-6 GHz market.

Federated Wireless is the wireless industry through the shared spectrum revolution, eliminating the decades-old problem of spectrum scarcity. The company offers the industry's only end-to-end Spectrum Controller, enabling government and commercial users to securely share the same spectrum band. Headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, and with offices in Boston and Silicon Valley, Federated Wireless is removing the multi-billion-dollar price tag associated with spectrum access, allowing for the creation of new wireless carriers and business models. For more information, visit: www.federatedwireless.com.

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