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DAS Sectorial Panel Antennas

L-com has added two HyperLink DAS sectorial antennas. The HG72710XP-065 provides 10 dBi gain, 65 degrees of coverage and features two independent antennas with cross polarization. This feature doubles the wireless capacity over the same channels. The HG72714P-090 is vertically polarized and features 90 degrees of coverage. A single N-Female connector to the antenna’s internal combiner simplifies installation because only one coax cable is required to be sent to the antenna. Both antennas feature bandwidths in frequencies ranging from 698-960/1710-2700 MHz, UV resistant radomes for all-weather operation and heavy-duty steel mounting brackets. www.L-com.com

DAS Restores Communications to Island Crippled by Superstorm Sandy

Fire Island, situated just off Long Island, N.Y., never had good cell phone coverage. And after Superstorm Sandy finished with the outer barrier island late in October 2012, the landline phone network didn’t look too good either.

“They had an outdated wireline network in place and the island has no room for a cell tower. After Sandy hit, the operator looked at the situation and decided there would not be a sufficient ROI from replacing the copper network,” Tyler Hanson, wireless product manager, TE Connectivity, told DAS Bulletin. “As a result, they decide to deploy a DAS network, which could help serve both the wireline network, as well as the wireless network.”

Deploying DAS solved multiple problems. The operator is able to use DAS as a backhaul to the wireline equipment. Remote units are distributed on light poles throughout the island, providing adequate cell phone coverage where there once was little. But it took some time for the island to come back from Sandy.

The 8.8-square-mile island took the brunt of the storm, which literally ripped a hole right through it, and it wasn’t until March that the Army Corps of Engineers began to clear the debris. On March 12, Kristin Thorne, reporter for WABC said, “If you look around Fire Island, it seems like Superstorm Sandy hit just yesterday.”

TE’s DAS equipment began to be deployed early in May this year, and while it’s still a work in progress in terms of full deployment, the critical areas now have communications.

“One of the challenges to deploying the DAS is space. There is no room to build additional shelters,” Hanson said. “We had to consolidate all the base stations into what space was available. With the TE equipment being digital we can go a long way from our base station hotel to each remote.”

A residential location for little more than 200 people, Fire Island is a vacation destination that pulls in crowds all summer as the home of a National Park Service seashore preserve. It is beloved because of its beaches and rustic accommodations. It has few roads, and access is mostly via boardwalks. And now, thanks to DAS, it has both wireline and wireless communications.

9th Cell Tower Death Reported

The industry lost the ninth climber, Aug. 12, to fall from a tower in 2013 and the fifth since July 10, in Coats, N.C.

John Dailey, 49, Silvester, Ga., lost his balance while attempting to attach a carabiner from his safety harness to the tower, according to a report on WTVD. He fell 200 feet and was pronounced dead on the scene.

Dailey, who was working with one other climber, was employed by Transit PM, Duxbury, Mass.

News report



Fall Claims Another Tower Climber

In a tragic turn of events, a 41-year-old man fell 200 feet to his death July 25, while working on a cell tower in Vienna, Md. It is the seventh tower climber fatality in 2013, one more than the average annual rate from 2003 to 2011.

The accident victim, Michael Frontiero Cortes, 41, of Morovis, Puerto Rico, fell from tower while repairing a satellite dish with a co-worker, according to the Maryland State Police, Easton Barrack. He was critically injured by the fall and had died by the time first responders arrived upon the scene.

Cortes was a tower engineer employed by Konet, which is listed as a Puerto Rican telecommunications consultant with 13 employees and annual revenue of $920,000, according to the Manta small business web site.

The unidentified co-worker said he was assisting Cortes by providing him with tools via a rope and pulley system. The co-worker said, as he was preparing some of the tools, he heard a thud. He turned around and as he looked behind him, saw Cortes lying unresponsive on the ground a few feet away.

While the accident is still under investigation, the body has been released to the next of kin and there no suspicion of foul play. The investigation is mainly focused on the circumstances surrounding Cortes’ and the company’s safety procedures and whether or not he was properly secured to the tower by a safety harness.

Ernest Worthman, AGL magazine editor, assisted in the reporting of this story.


Global Tower Partners on the Block – WSJ Report

Macquarie Infrastructure Partners is looking to sell Global Tower Partners to one of the publicly traded tower companies, according to a story in the Wall Street Journal.

GTP, the fourth largest cell tower company in the nation, owns, manages or master leases more than 16,000 wireless sites throughout the United States, Mexico and Costa Rica.

GTP was founded in 2002 by Marc Ganzi, who also founded and was president of Apex Site Management, a company that leased rooftop space. In 2005, Blackstone Group purchased GTP for $225 million. Australian investment bank Macquarie purchased the tower company, which had 2,500 towers and 6,000 roof tops, in 2007 for $1.425 billion and structured it as a REIT. GTP is now rumored to be worth between $3.5 billion to $4 billion.