Congratulations are in order for the first class of inductees includes into the Mobile Infrastructure Hall of Fame: Neville R. Ray, executive vice president and chief technology officer of T-Mobile US; Steven E. Bernstein, founder and former CEO of SBA Communications; Steven B. Dodge, founder and former CEO of American Tower; John P. Kelly, former CEO of Crown Castle; and José R. Mas, CEO of MasTec.
“This event is about paying tribute to the pioneers of the industry and paying it forward with proceeds going to the Wireless Industry Association (WIA) Foundation’s initiatives to train the wireless workforce that will carry our industry into the future,” said WIA president and CEO Jonathan Adelstein.
The WIA Foundation will host the inaugural Mobile Infrastructure Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Nov. 14. WIA is a membership organization that represents businesses that develop, build, own and operate wireless infrastructure in the United States. It formed the foundation to encourage and promote education for the general advancement of mobile telecommunications.
According to WIA, the foundation’s workforce development initiatives include programs such as WIA’s Telecommunications Education Center, a learning system and online portal devoted to improving workforce training, safety and quality, along with apprenticeship through the Telecommunications Industry Registered Apprenticeship Program, a multi-employer, nationwide effort that is committed to promoting apprenticeship in telecommunications for those building America’s networks.
See You Next Year
The last of four AGL Local Summits for 2018 takes place this Thursday, so this is a good time to express appreciation for support this year from sponsors, speakers and audience members. Some who came this year rated the Summits as the best wireless infrastructure conferences they have attended. Why wouldn’t I pass that along to you?
If you haven’t yet taken advantage of the best wireless infrastructure conferences (I heard that somewhere), let me invite you to participate next year. Whether it will be your first one or your return to the AGL Local Summits, I will look forward to welcoming you.
DAS Good to Know
“Despite the competitive threat from small cells and market shifts, DAS is not dying,” said Kyung Mun, principal analyst at Mobile Experts. Commenting on the results of a new Mobile Experts study, Mun said the market will remain buoyant as the smart DAS vendors innovate and expand into new products. “Challenges abound over the next few years as this market develops, but the growth opportunities associated with 5G look promising,” he said.