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  • High-angle Rescue Saves Tower Climber

    agl-post-image-defaultA technician who had slipped and fallen off a platform on a cell tower, was rescued by firefighters as he hanged 150 feet above the ground, April 10, in Charlotte, N.C., according to a media accounts. The worker was 8 feet from a platform on the tower, hanging by his safety ... • Continue
  • Rural Alaska To Receive Additional Wireless Service

    agl-post-image-defaultThe FCC has awarded several companies with a total of nearly $50 million to provide 3G and 4G wireless systems in unserved rural areas through the Tribal Mobility Fund. The biggest winner, General Communications was selected to receive $41.4 million to serve more than 37,000 Alaskans across 48 communities. Copper Valley ... • Continue
  • Equipment Shelter Manufacturers Consolidate

    agl-post-image-defaultLooking to increase its product line and market coverage, Thermo Bond Buildings has acquired the precast concrete assets of Mobile/Modular Express II, maker of Reliant Shelters telecom shelters. The acquisition adds a concrete product offering to the existing lightweight, cabinet enclosures and metal structures of Thermo Bond Building.  “The combination of the ... • Continue
  • One Big Tower to Replace Two Blown-over Towers in Massachusetts

    agl-post-image-defaultSomething good may come out of the incident late last month where winds blew over two communications towers on Florida Mountain overlooking North Adams, Mass. The owner of the towers, North Adams Tower Company, is now taking bids to replace the 160-foot cell tower and the 150-foot FM broadcast tower ... • Continue
  • Carrier Spending Keeping Tower Cos. Busy

    agl-post-image-defaultBy Jennifer Fritzsche… We recently conducted our quarterly channel checks with RF engineers and other network contacts in our Rolodex to get a touch point on the current spending environment in the wireless arena and how it will affect the tower companies. Recall that these contacts’ revenue trends tend to have ... • Continue
  • Cincinnati Bell Spectrum Sale Has Interesting Twist

    agl-post-image-defaultCincinnati Bell has sold its wireless spectrum licenses and some tower leases to Verizon Wireless for $210 million. The total value of the deal is estimated to be 4.5 and 6 times 2014 and 2015 adjusted EBITDA, respectively. The deal is expected to close in the second half of 2014. But ... • Continue
  • Sprint Set to Decommission Clearwire Sites, Shed WiMAX

    agl-post-image-defaultIn addition to completing Network Vision, which is set for mid-2014, Sprint has commenced deploying LTE technology on its 800-MHz spectrum and has set out a plan to deploy LTE on some of its Clearwire sites and to decommission others, according to the annual SEC filing, dated Feb. 16, of ... • Continue
  • Climber Deaths Expose Danger of Tower Decommissioning

    agl-post-image-defaultThe two men who fell 250 feet from a Union Pacific Railroad communications tower last week in Pottawatomie County, Kansas, were engaging in one of the most dangerous tower climbing jobs: decommissioning a tower. It is a procedure that defies safety precautions such as 100-percent tie-off. Seth Garner, 25, of St. ... • Continue
  • Rural Carriers Urged to Fight Wireless Duopoly

    agl-post-image-defaultIn explaining why he wanted to fight back against the market dominance of AT&T and Verizon Wireless, Masayoshi Son took it down to a personal level as he ended his speech to the Competitive Carriers Association (CCA) Global Expo 2014, March 25, in San Antonio, Texas. He said he was born ... • Continue
  • Sky Climber Tower Welcomes New General Manager

    agl-post-image-defaultFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 14, 2014 Delaware, OH, April 14, 2014– Sky Climber Tower Solutions welcomes Tom Warchol as the new general manager. His responsibilities include the day-to-day operations and overall success of the company. Prior to joining Sky Climber Tower Solutions, Tom spent over nine years in the telecommunications industry ... • Continue
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  • FCC Proposes 3.5 GHz Citizens Broadband Radio Service

    das-post-image-defaultThe FCC proposed rules in the 3.5 GHz band this week that would allow the sharing of 150 megahertz of spectrum by three tiers of users: federal and non-federal incumbents, priority access licensees and general authorized access users. The spectrum rules would promote carrier-grade small cell deployments, fixed wireless broadband services ... • Continue
  • Time Warner Cable Launches Hotspot 2.0 Wi-Fi Service

    das-post-image-defaultPossibly laying the groundwork for future Wi-Fi First wireless services, a cable company announced the deployment of Wi-Fi hotspot networks last week. Time Warner Cable (TWC) launched a national Wi-Fi network, using HotSpot 2.0 Passpoint-enabled technology on most of the access points, which allows seamless roaming between Wi-Fi networks similar to ... • Continue
  • DAS Connects Massive Florida Medical Campus

    das-post-image-defaultLake Nona Medical City, a 650-acre health and life science park, is in itself a marvel of health care institutions that have arisen from the wetlands surrounding the airport in Orlando, Fla. It is also the site of a ubiquitous distributed antenna system that connects multiple campuses delivering service to ... • Continue
  • Promise of MIMO Becomes Wi-Fi Reality

    das-post-image-defaultBy Ernest Worthman, editor, Small Cells magazine. Chipsets capable of 10 gigabits per second are set to become a reality. Both Qualcomm and Quantenna have indicated that the first iteration of 10-gigabit, eight-way MIMO chipsets are well on the way to an access point near you. Multi-user MIMO is going to ... • Continue
  • VoLTE Quality Has Yet to Arrive

    das-post-image-defaultBy Ernest Worthman, editor, Small Cells magazine.  While Voice over LTE (VoLTE) has been eagerly awaited by carriers, the ability to place voice over IP service on wireless platforms offers operators a path toward a less complex and expensive, more efficient network, with the ability to eventually retire their 3G networks. However, ... • Continue
  • 5G Claims Strain Belief

    das-post-image-defaultBy Ernest Worthman, editor, Small Cells magazine.  While 5G is getting a lot of rumblings, the reality is quite different and that weighs heavily on the positions of carriers on small cells. The 5G camp is saying that 5G will do everything, with nothing, transparently. So why follow the small cell ... • Continue
  • Small Cells Help Locate Emergency Callers

    das-post-image-defaultBy Ernest Worthman… Presently mobile phone networks are required to determine and report the location of E911 emergency calls from phones that are located mostly outdoors. In March, the FCC regulators announced plans for new rules to report, accurately, the location of emergency calls made from smartphones inside buildings. The current ... • Continue
  • Cell Phone Users Have a Soft Spot for Hot Spots

    das-post-image-defaultBy Ernest Worthman… Roughly 45 percent of global wireless traffic was offloaded to Wi-Fi hotspots or 2013, according to Cisco Systems, and this data will continue to increase each year until offloaded traffic surpasses that which stays on the mobile network. By 2017, Wi-Fi will account for 48 percent of the ... • Continue
  • Technology Demo Streams Wireless HD Video

    das-post-image-defaultSteve Perlman, Artemis Networks founder and CEO, recently went back to his alma mater, Columbia University, to demonstrate the pWave technology that his company and PureWave Networks have been working on together. Ten years in development, the personal cell (pCell) technology is a software-defined radio C-RAN connected through fronthaul to ... • Continue
  • Report Pinpoints Triggers for $10B Small Cell Market

    das-post-image-defaultAn industry report predicts a $10 billion market for small cells in 2018, and provides a scientific formula for the tipping point when mass deployments may occur. Small Cells 2014 from Mobile Experts provides analysis of small cells in mobile networks, highlighting the technical and economic factors that drive the ... • Continue
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