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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

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  • 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 femtocells.in 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
  • From Radisys Comes a Dual-mode Small Cell

    das-post-image-defaultBy Ernest Worthman… Radisys has struck a deal with Broadcom to integrate its Trillium TOTALeNodeB 2.0 small cell software with Broadcoms 617xx Series dual-mode system-on-chip (SoC) solutions. This integrated product enables mobile operators to deploy a dual-mode LTE-FDD/LTE-TDD small cells. What makes this interesting is that the solution can add needed bandwidth ... • Continue