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  • MVP Capital Adds Wiebe as Telecom Managing Director

    December 5, 2019— Chuck Wiebe has joined the MVP Capital’s telecom, media, and technology (TMT) practice as a Managing Director in its Boston office. Wiebe is a seasoned investment banker and investor with over 25 years of experience in the telecom, media and technology sectors. Prior to MVP, he co-founded and was Managing Director ... Continue »
  • FCC Chairman Pai Plans 5G Fund for Rural America

    December 5, 2019— FCC Chairman Ajit Pai intends to establish a fund that would make up to $9 billion in Universal Service Fund support available for the deployment of 5G in rural America.  The money will be allocated through a reverse auction, targeting hard-to-serve areas with sparse populations and/or rugged terrain.  At least ... Continue »
  • Did Trump Really Think Huawei Would Roll Over and Die?

    December 5, 2019—
    By Ernest Worthman, AWT Exec. Editor, IEEE Sr. Member
    I just got off the telephone with a contact I had made at Huawei a couple of months ago at their Shanghai Advanced Intelligence event. I wanted to get his take on how the new Huawei mobile phone and other new hardware is faring. It is quite odd that the vision ... Continue »
  • Telecom Reaches New Heights, Cuts Costs with Drones

    December 4, 2019—
    By Dave Culler
    Drones with a comprehensive data collection, processing and reporting program prove to be a flexible and cost-effective way to inspect assets while keeping technicians safe. Over the last few years, the telecommunications industry has discovered the benefits of using drones, specifically for applications like tower inspection and maintenance. Tower climbing has ... Continue »
  • Thanksgiving Winds Take Down Tower

    December 4, 2019—
    By J. Sharpe Smith, Senior Editor
    A telecom tower located in Rothrock State Forest, near State College, Pennsylvania, collapsed on Thanksgiving morning November 28, a victim of 44 mile-per-hour wind gusts. The tower’s tenants included the State College translator for Sinclair Broadcast Group’s NBC television affiliate WJAC and GetWireless, a rural wireless internet service provider. SBA Towers, ... Continue »
  • While AT&T and Verizon Go High, T-Mobile Goes Low with Nationwide 600 MHz 5G Deployment

    December 3, 2019—
    By J. Sharpe Smith, Senior Editor
    With a flourish and the accompanying trash-talk, T-Mobile turned on the first U.S. nationwide 5G network yesterday, covering more than 5,000 municipalities, 200 million people and 1 million square miles. “Today’s launch immediately catapults T-Mobile into the leadership position as the country’s biggest 5G network, covering more than 1 million square ... Continue »
  • FCC Chief Engineer Julius Knapp to Retire

    December 3, 2019— FCC Chairman Ajit Pai today announced last week that Julius Knapp will retire as chief of the FCC’s Office of Engineering and Technology as of Jan. 3, 2020, after 45 years at the Commission and more than 13 years as Chief of OET. “Julie Knapp is an FCC institution, and I ... Continue »