Automotive company Ford is reportedly building its own LTE/5G network to test connected cars in a private environment.
Ford’s network will be set up at its campus in Dearborn, Michigan.
IoT News reports that the network will operate in the 3.5GHz CBRS band and use equipment from Ericsson, Juniper and Dell.
The company is reported to have filed a request with the FCC for permission to build a test network in the spectrum band, which has been granted for 18 months and will be established in a car park.
Ford has said that it wants to gain experience ‘with installation and operation of a private cellular network for connected vehicle services.’
IoT News said that it speculates that the use of the CBRS band shows Ford is considering the use of a private network using cellular technology in licensed spectrum as an alternative to WiFi.