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  • T-Mobile, Ericsson Blow Past Gig Speeds in LAA Demo

    December 7, 2017— T-Mobile and Ericsson are the first in the world to demonstrate speeds exceeding 1 Gbps using 12-layer licensed assisted access (LAA) technology in a demonstration performed in T-Mobile’s lab using Ericsson Radio System together with TM500 test gear from Cobham Wireless. Using LAA, the unlicensed carriers on these radios were aggregated ... Continue »
  • Is Your Public Safety Backhaul Network Up To Task?

    By Fai Lam, Marketing Director, IP/Optical Networks, Nokia
    December 7, 2017— With the growing sophistication and increased level of security threats, the need for better situational awareness and closer cross-agency collaborations has become ever more pressing. Accordingly, public safety agencies are evolving their mission-critical communications infrastructure toward the highly efficient, flexible capabilities of internet protocol (IP) to enhance first responder effectiveness ... Continue »
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  • The Acronyms They are a-changin’

    By Ernest Worthman, IEEE Senior Member
    December 7, 2017— Remember when AI meant artificial intelligence? That was last week. This week, AI stands for Assisted, Augmented, or Actionable intelligence. And ML is no longer machine learning, it is MI or machine intelligence. Shades of Terminator! I follow the person I most admire in today’s society – Stephen Hawking. Over the ... Continue »
  • FDH Velocitel Restructures after Sale of Assets to QualTek

    December 7, 2017— Following QualTek Services’ recent acquisition of the assets of the Velocitel wireless turf and Site Safe businesses from Willis Stein & Partners and Vision Capital, the remaining business units of FDH Velocitel have been reorganized. The telecom, power and heavy civil infrastructure engineering and construction services unit and Stainless, which specializes in ... Continue »
  • Long Dormant, Sprint Promises Boost in Network Build

    By J. Sharpe Smith
    December 7, 2017— In the wake of the failed Sprint/T-Mobile merger, the wireless infrastructure industry may experience a resurgence in Sprint’s network buildout similar to the rebirth of T-Mobile after it marriage to AT&T was nullified. In fact, Sprint has a multiple-prong plan for growing its wireless infrastructure that will enhance capacity and ... Continue »
  • Opinion: Ergen’s Move to Concentrate on Wireless Overdue

    By J. Sharpe Smith
    December 5, 2017— DISH Network Chairman Charlie Ergen has left his position as CEO to devote more attention to the company’s wireless business. The company promoted Erik Carlson to president and CEO from president and chief operating officer. Carlson will continue to report to Ergen. To say that DISH’s wireless operations need some supervision ... Continue »
  • QualTek Acquires Velocitel

    By The Editors of AGL
    December 5, 2017— QualTek,  has acquired the assets of FDH Velocitel related to its Velocitel and Site Safe divisions from The Willis Stein Private Equity Group. Velocitel provides site-acquisition, design, engineering, implementation, upgrade, maintenance and RF compliance services for wireless infrastructure. The combination of QualTek, a provider of telecom engineering, construction, fulfillment, and project management ... Continue »
  • Antenna OEMs Gear Up for FirstNet With Panoply of Products

    By J. Sharpe Smith
    December 5, 2017— With the deployment of the First Responders Broadband Network (FirstNet) beginning next year, the antenna industry is ramping up with production and the orders are beginning to roll in. OEMs, such as CommScope and Kathrein, have introduced families of base station antennas designed to support FirstNet site configurations, including 4X4 ... Continue »
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