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  • Cell Tower Fire Causes Structural Damage

    November 25, 2020— A 200-foot cell tower in Lapeer County, Michigan, owned by American Tower, suffered an interior electrical fire earlier this week, according to a report in the County Press, causing damage to the integrity of the structure. The newspaper reported that flames could be seen shooting from the top of the tower ... Continue »
  • Osmose Utilities Buys Canadian Pole Inspection Firm

    November 24, 2020— AGL eDigestPeachtree City, Georgia-based Osmose Utilities Services has acquired Provincial Pole Specialists (PPSI) and its sister company Central Pole Inspection and Maintenance, Inc. (CPIM).  Manitoba-based PPSI and Saskatchewan-based CPIM are collectively the largest utility pole maintenance providers in Canada. PPSI and CPIM inspect and treat more than 250,000 poles annually for ... Continue »
  • TECH TALK: Is Open RAN Really the 5G Panacea?

    November 24, 2020—
    By Ernest Worthman, Executive Editor, AWT magazine, Senior Member, IEEE
    Open Radio Access Networks (RAN) are being touted as one of the most promising technologies for accelerating and simplifying 5G deployments. Ajit Pai, the FCC’s Chairman, claims it will transform 5G network architecture, costs and security. The China Hawks on the Hill want to throw $750 million for ORAN R&D ... Continue »
  • The FirstNet Network Expands Across Michigan to Advance Public Safety Communications Capabilities

    November 23, 2020—
    By First Responder Network Authority
    AGL eDigestMichigan’s first responders are getting a major boost in their wireless communications with the addition of new, purpose-built FirstNet(link is external) cell sites and other network enhancements. This new infrastructure is a part of the FirstNet network expansion taking place across the state, bringing increased coverage, capacity and capabilities for public safety. “The ... Continue »
  • Two Thirds of Cell Sites to deploy O-RAN by 2026

    November 23, 2020— AGL eDigestOpen RAN will account for 58 percent of total RAN capex spending at $32.3 billion and be deployed at 65 percent of all sites by 2026 despite overhype and uncertainty over which standards will prevail, according to a “Open RAN adoption patterns and forecast 2020-2026,” a report by Rethink Technology ... Continue »
  • 2020 Network Traffic, Internet Consumption Trends

    November 23, 2020—
    FROM THE PAGES OF AGL MAGAZINE
    AGL eDigestNokia Deepfield’s Network Intelligence Report, which examines service provider network traffic and consumption trends in 2020, reveals the networks were made to withstand the internet’s rollercoaster year. The report examines overall changes in internet traffic patterns in the last decade and in 2020, focusing on key application areas such as ... Continue »
  • T-Mobile Sues S.F. for 5G Upgrade Delays

    November 23, 2020— AGL eDigestT-Mobile is suing the City of San Francisco alleging that it did not process applications to modify wireless sites within the timetable set up the under the FCC’s shot clock. T-Mobile submitted 27 applications for “minor modifications” to wireless facilities via the City’s electronic planning review process to obtain approval between ... Continue »
  • Vertical Bridge Merges with Eco-Site

    November 23, 2020—
    By J. Sharpe Smith, Senior Editor
    Scale is King as Tower Industry Continues Consolidation Vertical Bridge REIT has completed a merger with Eco-Site, developer of tower sites and infrastructure with nearly 600 towers. “These are young, newly built broadband towers,” said Alex Gellman, Vertical Bridge CEO. “Great structures, very well built, great ground leases. Great tenants with no ... Continue »