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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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  • 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 federal spectrum by carrier-grade small cell deployments, fixed wireless broadband services and general consumer use. Through the creation of what it calls the Citizens Broadband Radio Service, the FCC would make available 150 megahertz of ... • 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, 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 bring about game changing ... • Continue
  • VoLTE Quality Has Yet to Arrive

    das-post-image-defaultBy Ernest Worthman, 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, real-world performance of ... • Continue