Deploying an OnGo network is a five-step process. You can do this yourself, or work with an integrated solutions provider to help you through the process.
Step 1. Gather Requirements
What kind of OnGo network?
First, you need to figure out what it is you want your OnGo network to do? You can use OnGo to create a Private LTE network, providing low-latency, high-reliability wireless services to the devices configured to connect to your network. Or you can use OnGo to extend the coverage of one or more existing networks as a Neutral Host Network. Or you can make a hybrid network, that does both.
Step 2. Survey & Planning
Where will your OnGo network operate?
The primary task in this step is to map out where your network is going to operate – where you want coverage, where buildings and walls are, and where you have existing infrastructure like power and data connections that can support your deployment. You’ll also want to start identifying device and service vendors, as well as identifying what other CBRS networks may be operating nearby.
Step 3. Design
How will your OnGo Network operate?
In this stage, you will be working out the implementation details of the network – selecting vendors, and determining where the CBSDs (the access points) will be placed, and how they will be configured. At this point, you’ll know what identifiers you will need to reserve from the OnGo Alliance to ensure your network won’t interfere with other OnGo networks. You’ll also be able to decide if you want to sub-lease a PAL from an existing PAL owner in your area.
Step 4. Installation
Setting up your OnGo Network
Now you are ready to start installing the hardware – CBSDs, antennas, and providing power and backhaul. You will also need to configure an LTE Evolved Packet Core (EPC), hosted on site, or in the cloud, depending on your needs. For a Private LTE network, you’ll also need to provision SIM cards for the devices that will connect to your network. Once a Certified Professional Installer (CPI) registers your network with the SAS, it’s time to turn on your network, and start using it.
Step 5. Maintain
Keeping your OnGo Network running smoothly
Once your OnGo network is up and running, it’s time to switch to maintenance mode – making sure that your network is providing the capabilities you need, and coverage where you need it.