Sitetracker released a comprehensive work management module to its project and asset management platform resulting in a single end-to-end solution that manages cycle times efficiently, yesterday, at the WIA Connectivity Expo.
As a natural extension of Sitetracker’s current project and asset management platform, Sitetracker’s Work Management module allows project managers to:
● Improve first-time fix rates
● Create automated maintenance schedules
● Accurately match people’s unique skills with job needs
● Easily dispatch crews to the right site at the right time
“With features like preventative maintenance, ticket management, inventory & asset tracking, and dispatching, we anticipate our customers using our work management module for new and exciting use cases,” said Tim May, CTO & co-founder of Sitetracker. “This latest release will streamline operations and capitalize on individuals unique skillsets and strengths to set new industry benchmarks and keep you ahead of your competition.”
The telecommunications industry has reached a tipping point. Network densification is a requirement for increased and more ubiquitous connectivity. Up to this point, the telecommunications industry has been able to utilize existing fiber and build new fiber in an ad hoc, as needed, manner. This is no longer enough as the demand for small cells and DAS is increasing exponentially in the race to 5G. There’s simply not enough fiber to support 5G and network densification. Whether or not we, the telecommunications industry, deploy 5G successfully largely rests in the ability to lay enough fiber fronthaul — the fiber that connects homes, businesses, and small cell sites.
We interviewed three experts and veteran telecommunications leadersto better understand what it will take to succeed and deploy the fiber necessary for network densification and optimization. Through our conversations, we addressed solutions for the telecommunications industry fiber fronthaul problem, which is at the core of 5G deployment. In order to successfully roll out 5G, carriers and their service providers must build more now to prepare for exponentially increasing demand for connectivity.
We sat down with Ray LaChance, co-founder and CEO at ZenFi Networks, Chuck Norris, director of Project Operations at ISCO International, and George Pitsoulakis, vice president of Product Management and Business Development at ISCO International, to glean key insight into how technology transformations in the industry have succeeded in the past, and how we, as an industry, can apply those lessons to network densification and 5G, today.
ZenFi Networks is one of the leading fiber providers in the New York and New Jersey metro region working towards mobile network densification. To date, ZenFi Networks fiber connects over 2,000 wireless sites of the nearly 6,000 it currently has under contract, a number that’s growing every month, making them industry frontrunners for fronthaul innovation and deployment.
ISCO International knows a thing or two about juggling diverse projects, managing upwards of 100 projects at a time with Norris at the helm. With ISCO International’s standard of excellence, it’s difficult to manage these types of projects as volume increases due to 5G rollout and network densification. Norris explained how ISCO International is handling this volume and what he sees as the future for the telecommunications industry in 2019 and beyond.
With over 25 years of telecommunications industry experience, Pitsoulakis is an expert in the evolution of connectivity and what it takes to bring new waves of technology innovation to life. Prior to ISCO International, Pitsoulakis served as Director of Operations and Product Management at Call One and Director Systems Planning and Implementation at U.S. Cellular. He has led teams focused on planning and roll out of services in the network including 4G LTE, so is particularly poised to provide key insight into the rollout of 5G and the necessary network densification to support it.
Through our conversations, we addressed solutions for the telecommunications industry fiber fronthaul problem, which is at the core of 5G deployment. In order to successfully roll out 5G, carriers and their service providers must build more now to prepare for exponentially increasing demand for connectivity.
Fiber has reached a tipping point
What we learned from these interviews is we’ve reached a tipping point. To support 5G and network densification, we need to build more fiber. Whether or not the telecommunications industry deploys 5G successfully depends on its ability to lay enough fiber fronthaul. Now, you should understand what it will take to succeed and deploy the fiber necessary for network optimization. Fiber fronthaul is central to 5G deployment and whether or not we build enough now will have impactful consequences on 5G and future telecommunications technology.
Fiber’s irreplaceable role in making 5G a reality cannot be overstated. 5G won’t be successful without an expansive fiber network to handle the traffic generated through 5G connections.
Some regions are pulling ahead in the race because they’re already investing or have invested in the fiber infrastructure necessary for 5G. Some regions are falling behind because they lack fiber infrastructure necessary. In order to change course, regions that are falling behind will need to build the fiber infrastructure needed to support 5G.
This article is an excerpt from a 12-page special report produced by Sitetracker, call “2019: Telecom’s Tipping Point — Promise of 5G in jeopardy without fiber fronthaul investment.”
Download the report to learn how industry leaders are taking a new approach.
Large carriers are racing to 5G with regular announcements about their progress. Standards are emerging, and mobile network operators (MNOs) should be capitalizing on this moment to own to the 5G space, shape the standards, and outsmart the competition. In order to do this, carriers must adopt processes that enable them to move quickly while providing a higher level of service and reliability to customers. This means aligning their processes with the technology they use to track projects and manage existing assets. This doesn’t just apply to projects the carrier manages directly, but that of their service providers, as well. The entire ecosystem a carrier creates and works with should be using the same processes and standards, managed on the same platform to ensure that the end result is a faster time to 5G coverage and reliable service for customers.
What is 5G and what telecom infrastructure is necessary to support it?
5G will deliver:
10X decrease latency
10X connection density
3X spectrum efficiency
100X traffic capacity
100X network efficiency
T-Mobile’s John Legere says about their 5G deployment: “It enables brand new IoT experiences, massive connectivity, smart cities, decade-long battery life, ultra-responsive networks, and increased speed, but it’s more than that – to fully unleash 5G requires a nationwide network.”
With staggering improvements such as these waiting to be tapped, it’s no wonder the race to 5G is heating up. 5G technology will enable a new age in the internet of things (IoT), Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), and mobile device usage. From 1G to the development of 5G, we’ve gone from basic voice communication over wireless telecom infrastructure to virtually unlimited connectivity at previously unimaginable speeds. Each evolution of 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) standards has brought new capabilities. At this juncture, there are two steps ahead of carriers:
Getting to 5G non-standalone coverage
Achieving 5G standalone coverage
So what do each of these mean and what telecom infrastructure is needed to get there?
The work to achieve a non-standalone 5G network starts with working to densify 4G LTE networks — this process is known in the telecom industry as network densification. Basing the first iteration of 5G on existing 4G technology will enable faster time to deployment.
This first phase of 5G deployment will be based on fixed wireless access, built on millimeter wavelength. There are two frequency ranges that non-standalone 5G will use:
This means that though speeds and efficiency will increase, connectivity may not be able to penetrate walls and other hard structures. This line of sight transmission will be a jumping point for 5G standalone technology.
Standalone 5G will not be based on existing infrastructure but requires new telecom infrastructure deployment, including hardware, chips, modems, and antennas. The 5G standards set out by 3GPP require that new infrastructure is built to support a new kind of connectivity.
So, the difference between standalone and non-standalone 5G technology is that non-standalone builds off 4G’s existing infrastructure and standalone 5G requires completely new infrastructure with a new set of hardware standards.
What telecom infrastructure do carriers need to utilize and build to make 5G a reality?
To make 5G a reality, wireless carriers and their service providers will need to deploy small cells as quickly and strategically as possible, as well as make strides towards standalone networks. This means that the volume, variety, and velocity of projects is and will be increasing exponentially, whether that’s modifying existing infrastructure or building out new sites. Carriers with existing 5G spectrum are undoubtedly at an advantage, but there’s a wide range of spectrum that can be used for 5G, so there are a wide variety of hardware deployments needed.
So, the answer to the question, “What telecom infrastructure do carriers need to utilize and build to make 5G a reality?” is really:
It depends on the spectrum. There will be a wide variety of antennas needed to utilize the spectrum available for 5G. This means that getting to 5G will require more standardization than ever before because the types of projects will vary so greatly.
How will Mobile Network Operators standardize their processes to dominate the market with 5G coverage?
MNOs will need to get their deployment teams on the same page, including their service providers, to take advantage of the race to 5G, because this race is being run on many different tracks and requires hundreds, if not thousands, of different types of repeatable project processes. Carriers must choose a project management platform that will enable entire project teams to work together seamlessly.
What wireless carriers need to build the telecom infrastructure needed to enable 5G technologies?
As the race to non-standalone and, eventually, standalone 5G coverage continues to heat up, MNOs need to make sure that they are aligned internally and with their service providers on the processes necessary to build out telecom infrastructure. Wireless carriers must adopt processes that enable them to move fast and provide customers with the best possible and most reliable mobile connectivity.
To deploy telecom infrastructure effectively, carriers must align their processes with their technology. They need to involve their entire ecosystem — from CEO to field worker — to provide customers with the connectivity that, if they don’t get from one provider, they will look for in the next.
Telecom carriers are facing unprecedented challenges as they vie for the 5G coverage. They are making progress, but to out plan and outperform the competition, they will need to improve their processes.
Reprinted with permission from the Sitetracker website.
Elizabeth Katzki is Content Marketing Manager for Sitetracker, which is a sponsor and speaker at the AGL Newport Beach, California Summit.
If your company could perform work faster without losing track of details, it would make you more money, right? Efficiency leads to profit.
A panel at AGL Local Summit in Atlanta, Nov. 8, will examine the importance of efficient project management to meet today’s the tight deadlines and even tighter budgets that suppliers face with performing work for wireless carriers on towers and even more so with small cells being rolled out across the nation.
“Software as a service (SaaS) can help you automate, replicate and manage build-outs for small cells, macro towers and rooftop sites,” said Giuseppe Incitti, Sitetracker CEO, said. “SaaS hasn’t become a $181 billion industry for doing nothing.”
ZenFi Networks, a communications infrastructure company serving the New York and New Jersey metro region, announced today that it will use a software-based project management platform by Sitetracker to manage internal and external teams designing, building, and maintaining small cell and fiber assets.
Having recently merged with Cross River Fiber, ZenFi Networks now has 700 route miles of fiber-optic network, 119 on-net buildings, 47 colocation facilities and nearly 6,000 outdoor wireless locations under contract. Keeping track of all those facilities plus an accelerating workload of building more infrastructure was an imperative.
“We chose Sitetracker to help drive alignment across our operations by gathering data and updates from the field as projects progress,” ZenFi president and chief operating officer, Vincenzo Clemente, said. “The ability to track and report project and site data in real time greatly enhances our capabilities.”
ZenFi Networks is committed to meeting the demand for next generation network access by building, owning, and maintaining a world-class fiber optic network, distributed colocation, and wireless siting solutions for enterprise, carrier and wireless operators.
Cameron Galbraith, Sitetracker, will be a speaker on the AGL Atlanta Summit panel, along with Sonya Roshek, B+T Group; and Rob Tymchyshyn, FieldCLIX.
Sitetracker has announced its expansion into Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region, and the Asia Pacific (APAC) region. David George has been named vice president of EMEA & APAC to support the effort.
The company is opening an office in London to support these efforts and is actively hiring across all functions in the new location. Additional locations will be announced later this year.
Before joining Sitetracker, David George was with Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Trimble where he served in a number of different roles, most recently as the General Manager of the Real Estate & Workplace Solutions division from the Trimble London office. Before that, he was in Beijing as General Manager of the Mobile Solutions division in the Asia-Pacific region. Prior to joining Trimble, he spent several years at Ericsson where he was responsible for key commercial relationships at a number of global accounts such as Vodafone and France Telecom.
Late in August, Sitetracker announced $24 million in additional funding from New Enterprise Associates (NEA), Wells Fargo Strategic Capital, Salesforce Ventures, and others to accelerate its product roadmap and global expansion.
Sitetracker provides companies in the telecommunications, utility, renewable energy, and smart cities industries with the ability to manage high-volume critical infrastructure projects.