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US utilities alliance eyes global reach for private LTE approach

Founded back in January, the Utility Broadband Alliance (UBBA) is a US-centric organization that is pursuing private wireless broadband, specifically LTE, for utility applications. Formed by a few utilities and a collection of technology providers, UBBA is pushing to fill a gap in the market that the MNOs have not been able to fill – wireless networks capable of mission-critical connectivity to enable smart grid applications. The utility members of UBBA are Evergy, National Grid, and Southern Linc (part of the Southern Company). On the LTE side of things, the more familiar vendor members are Ericsson, Federated Wireless, Motorola Solutions, Multitech, and Sierra Wireless, with the other vendor members consist of Anterix, Burns McDonnell, CouncilRock, Encore Networks, 4RF, General Electric’s…

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