Sprint CEO To Speak About Emerging Technology

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Earlier this week at the PCIA’s 2013 Wireless Infrastructure Show, Sprint’s CTO and Senior Vice President of Technology Development and Corporate Strategy, Stephen Bye, discussed how important mobile technology is to our everyday lives and how we need to make certain we have the infrastructure to support it. Bye talked about how Sprint’s vision is to connect people and pointed out that this is an extremely important task.
On October 22, 2013 Sprint’s CEO, Dan Hesse, will speak at the Executives’ Club of Chicago Global Leaders Luncheon at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago. Hesse will discuss how wireless has altered our daily lives over the past ten years and will explain how innovations in wireless technology are transforming the world we’ve come to know.
Hesse was named CEO of Sprint in December 2007 and before that he was the CEO of Embarq Corporation, a $6 billion telecommunications services company.  The Executives’ Club is Chicago’s premier membership and business forum.  For more than one hundred years, The Club has been a valued resource for Chicago’s business leaders – connecting members, and providing opportunities for strategic relationships.

October 10, 2013 |

Anritsu Introduces Three Frequency Options for Wireless Field Engineers

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Anritsu, a global provider of innovative communications test and measurement solutions, introduced three new frequency options for their PIM Master MW82119A Passive Intermodulation high-power, battery-operated, portable test analyzer. These new options will allow wireless field engineers and technicians to accurately conduct the top of the tower PIM measurements in the LTE 800 MHz and UMTS 2100 MHZ bands in addition to the LTE 2600 MHz band.
“The new options have been specifically developed to address the top bands planned for LTE network deployments, and can help ensure LTE networks do not suffer from lower data throughput caused by PIM interference. Coupled with the battery operation, small size, and ability to perform 40W PIM testing, the new options make the PIM Master MW82119A well suited for deploying, installing, and maintaining LTE networks using Remote Radio Heads (RRHs) at the top of the tower. The PIM Master MW82119A can also be used to measure PIM at traditional macro site installations, as well as in Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS),” Anritsu explained.
Anritsu provides solutions for existing and next-generation wired and wireless communication systems and operators. Anritsu products include wireless, optical, microwave/RF, and digital instruments as well as operations support systems for R&D, manufacturing, installation, and maintenance. 

October 10, 2013 |

AT&T Upgrades Equipment To Provide 4G LTE in 14 More Markets

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AT&T hopes to reach over 270 million people with their 4G LTE technology by the end of the year. As a way to reach this goal, they have upgraded the equipment on towers in 14 additional markets across the United States.
  • Jackson, WY
  • Denver, CO
  • Gillette, WY
  • Sanford, NC
  • Hickory, NC
  • Lewiston, ME
  • McAlester, OK
  • Wilmington, NC
  • Bloomington, IL
  • Tuskegee, AL
  • Decatur, IL
  • Jacksonville, NC
  • Huntsville, UT
  • Sheridan WY 

Over the past five years, AT&T invested nearly $98 billion into its wireless and wireline networks across the country. Since 2008, AT&T has invested more capital into the U.S. economy than any other public company. (Source: AT&T)

October 10, 2013 |

AT&T Strives to Build The World’s Premier Network

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Krish Prabhu, President and CEO of AT&T Labs, spoke this morning at the 2013 Wireless Infrastructure Show hosted by the PCIA. Prabhu is responsible for the technical and operational activities in the labs and oversees all research development. His main focus is on transferring the knowledge and technology gained through research into services that support AT&T operations and business.
Prabhu spoke about AT&T’s strategy to bring their network to as many people as possible. “Since 2008, we have invested almost 98 billion in the U.S., which is more than any other public company in American,” he said. This investment has brought us over 400 LITE markets, and AT&T expects their 4G LTE to cover nearly 270 million people by the end of 2013.
“The volume of wireless data traffic is now over 6x higher than the amount of voice traffic and there is continued pressure on the capacity which is driven by video, applications, smartphone and tablet growth,” Prabhu said.
AT&T 4G LTE innovative network architecture delivers low latency and fast speeds, remote radio heads and network element placements, as well as enhanced speed and reliability Ethernet backhaul.
AT&T plans to be substantially completed with the mobile network deployment by the summer of 2014 and by the end of 2015 AT&T will have 10,000+ new macro sites, 1,000+ DAS, and 40,000+ Small Cells. AT&T believes that small cells are a resourceful network solution that will help provide flexible coverage for their customers.

October 8, 2013 |

Sprint’s Strategy Aims To Connect People

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Stephen Bye, Sprint’s CTO and Senior Vice President of Technology Development and Corporate Strategy, started off the PCIA’s 2013 Wireless Infrastructure Show by reminding us that connecting people is very powerful. Bye explains that, “it takes a network to bring that to life.” He believes that the network is the unsung hero of the wireless industry. “My smartphone isn’t smart unless it’s connected to a network,” Bye noted.
Sprint’s is working to making their network more sophisticated and intuitive. Bye commented on how incredible it is that so many people are choosing to communicate online with Twitter, Facebook, and other websites. With so many people choosing to interact online with one another, there are capacity challenges and data challenges that Sprint is facing. Consumer demand is increasing for video content and web content. Bye believes that it’s important to look at this important opportunity they have to discover how to provide the service they can.
Sprint’s main focus is customer experience. Many people assume that big data is purely for advertising reasons, but Bye remarked that there is a lot to be gained from the analytics provided by big data. You have the chance to look at the amount of data provided and decide what is the most important.
“There is no silver bullet. We’re going to keeping pushing innovation on all fronts,” Bye said. “We’re going to have to push the envelope on all levels to steady the capacity demands. We have an obligation to meet our customer needs. We also have an opportunity to for innovation, happiness, healthiness, and awareness.”
In closing, Bye explained that Sprint is working to make their devices more intuitive and less reactive so the device can anticipate your needs and provide them in the most efficient way. Bye said, “The network of tomorrow will be brilliant.”

October 8, 2013 |

NATE Chairwoman Speaks At WWLF Monday Night Football Event

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Last night at the Women’s Wireless Leadership Forum Monday Night Football event Chairwoman, Pat Cipov, from the National Association of Tower Erectors spoke about the vision behind the organization and why their mission is so important. The first Chairwoman of NATE has done it all; from climbing the towers herself to crunching numbers behind the scenes. She’s seen the progress the wireless industry has made. “Back then tower people didn’t even talk to each other and now here we are with the PCIA, the CTIA, and the WWLF,” Cipov said.
After a conference in Orlando, Florida Cipov had the revelation that her and her team were not working safely and they were putting their employees at risk. Although the easy route would have been to give up and go back to work as an accountant, she decided to commit herself to NATE’s brand and the mission of the company.
“Safety never ends,” Cipov explains. “The solution is certain: we are all responsible for safety and we need to make sure each employee goes home at the end of the day.
NATE has created a number of checklists to make sure that the highest levels of safety are being maintained. Cipov explained that, “Safety is an investment.” She noted that your contracts are worthless if you didn’t do a quality job or if there was an investigation into the work. Cipov also advised that you always check your contractor’s references.
NATE is a purely voluntary organization. Today the Association boasts over 600 member companies located throughout the United States, Bahamas, Canada, Ghana, Guam, India, Jamaica, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, Trinidad and Tobago and the United Arab Emirates. “Together we can improve and protect our employees,” Cipov encouraged. 

October 8, 2013 |

Time Warner To Acquire Fiber Optic Network Company DukeNet

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Time Warner Cable Inc. announced that it has entered into an agreement with Duke Energy Corporation and investment funds managed by Alinda Capital Partners to buy DukeNet Communications, LLC for $600 million in cash, including the repayment of debt.
DukeNet Communications is headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina and they are a leading regional telecommunications service provider who offers fiber network solutions for data centers, wireless carriers, government, healthcare manufacturing, finance, education, and many other industries. DukeNet has a fiber optic network of over 8,700 miles.
“Business Services is a key growth area for Time Warner Cable and this acquisition will greatly enhance our already growing fiber network to better serve customers, particularly those in key markets in the Carolinas,” said Phil Meeks, Executive Vice President and COO of Business Services for Time Warner Cable. “This acquisition will help us expand our fiber footprint at a price that is consistent with our disciplined approach to M&A, accounting for expected synergies and tax benefits.
This transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2014, but must meet regulatory approvals beforehand. Time Warner Cable Inc. is among the largest providers of video, high-speed data and voice services in the United States, connecting more than 15 million customers to entertainment, information and each other. Time Warner Cable Business Class offers data, video and voice services to businesses of all sizes, cell tower backhaul services to wireless carriers and enterprise-class, cloud-enabled hosting, managed applications and services. 

October 7, 2013 |

Don’t Forget: Inside Towers Publication & Database To Be Introduced at 2013 Wireless Infrastructure Show

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Visit us at Booth #202 to Learn About Inside Towers’ Daily Newsletter & Tower Database!
We are pleased to announce that Inside Towers will exhibit at the 2013 Wireless Infrastructure Show, the industry’s premier event focusing on mobile infrastructure for 4G and beyond. The three-day conference and trade show at Westin Diplomat in Hollywood, Florida on October 7-10, will gather nearly 2,000 technology and telecom executives, policy-makers, financial analysts and national media.
Inside Towers is written for the wireless tower industry. There is plenty of news and information for wireless, but there is very little news targeted to towers specifically. There is no other available source of daily tower news and information written for the tower owners, managers, and supporting businesses.
In addition to offering attendees a first look at our daily newsletter, we will also be showcasing our Inside Towers Database. Inside Tower’s database of tower owners is seamlessly updated to the FCC’s ASR database.  It features a user-friendly interface to look up towers and tower owners, and the ability to customize lookups and export the results.
Wireless Infrastructure Show attendees represent all facets of the wireless ecosystem, from carriers and tower companies to engineering firms and equipment manufacturers. The broad array of participants makes the event important for generating new ideas and creating new partnership and growth opportunities for deploying next-generation wireless networks.
Inside Towers will be at booth #202 in the Exhibit Hall on the third floor of the Convention Center at the Westin Diplomat in Hollywood, Florida. Exhibit Hall Hours are Tuesday, October 8, 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. and Wednesday, October 9, 10:30am – 2:30 p.m.

October 4, 2013 |

9th Annual PCIA Golf Outing Is Sold Out

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If you’re travelling to Hollywood, Florida for the 2013 Wireless Infrastructure Show then you may want to mark the golf outing off your list if you haven’t already registered. However, you can still contact [email protected] to be added to the waiting list. Registration for the golf outing will open at 9:30 AM, Monday October 7th, followed by an 11:00 AM Shotgun Start.

More than 2,000 thought leaders and industry innovators from across the entire wireless infrastructure ecosystem and nearly 100 exhibitors attend the Wireless Infrastructure Show. Network with infrastructure owners and operators, carriers, investment community representatives, government officials, equipment manufacturers and service providers. Inside Towers will be at the 2013 Wireless Infrastructure Show, will you?

October 4, 2013 |

Verizon Cell Phone Service Delayed in Port Henry

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The cell phone tower that Verizon constructed in Port Henry, New York that was scheduled to be online last month is still inactive. A lot of people are wondering why the tower isn’t online yet. Even though the tower is completed, the fiber optic lines to the tower are not in place yet. Verizon is hoping to have this tower activated during the month of October. Once this tower is active, residents in the Port Henry area will have a choice between AT&T and Verizon, whereas before AT&T was the main carrier.

Besides improved calling and consumer options, the Verizon tower is also helping out town and village taxpayers. Verizon is paying $900 a month — $450 to the town of Moriah and $450 to the village of Port Henry — for five years to lease the jointly-owned town-village property. The rent will increase 3 percent each year of the contract. (Source: Denton Publications)
October 2, 2013 |
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