Tuesday, July 26, 2016

NATE Releases Weather Conditions Video

Video Unveiled as Part of NATE’s #ClimberConnection Campaign Series

(Watertown, South Dakota) – The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) today released a Weather Conditions Video as part of the Association’s 2016 Climber Connection campaign. 

The video features testimonial footage of a tower technician discussing the temperature extremes that industry workers are often exposed to when performing work at a communication tower site. The segment depicts the symptoms associated with heat and cold stress and the importance of proactive recognition and awareness of these symptoms. Additionally, the video also includes practical, life-saving treatment steps for workers to adhere to when experiencing the varying degree of symptoms related to extreme heat and cold exposure. Continue Reading

Friday, July 22, 2016

Analyst: Why 5G Won’t Happen (At Least Not Any Time Soon)

The new marketing buzzword across media platforms is “5G”. With the growth of the telecom sector over the past decade, the general public has come to expect innovation as inevitable, and thus 5G has become the presumed future of the industry. 
But not so fast, said Peter White, Principal Analyst and Founder at Rethink Technology Research.
In a recent article, the research company made its case on why 5G “is in danger of never happening or… not happening in the manner and timescale that we are being told.” Continue Reading

Thursday, July 21, 2016

AT&T Preps For Comic-Con With COWs And COLTs

Comic-Con is coming to San Diego later this week, and with that, AT&T is bringing in help that sounds more like it belongs on the farm than relieving mobile data needs.
More than 100,000 people are expected at the event, according to Times of San Diego, so AT&T is rolling in a cell on light truck (COLT) at the San Diego Convention Center, a COW (cell on wheels)... Continue Reading

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Twenty-eight Rural Wireless Carriers Bidding In The 600MHz Auction

Last Friday, the FCC released its approved bidder list for the ongoing 600 MHz spectrum auction which includes 28 companies who have been given “rural wireless bidding credits,” reports telecompetitor.com. These credits will enable rural carriers to submit bids that are 15% higher than they will actually have to pay in order to obtain spectrum. 
Phase 1 of the auction concluded last month, and Phase 2, in which carriers bid on spectrum television stations are willing to relinquish, is expected to begin next month. Spectrum used for television is well suited for rural deployment due to its wide-ranging propagation, decreasing the number of towers needed to cover a large area. Continue Reading

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Political Conventions Rely On FCC For Coordinating Spectrum

Make no mistake who rules the floor at the upcoming national party conventions; it’s the FCC and Coordinating Committee Chairman Louis Libin.
Both the Republican and Democratic party events taking place in Cleveland and Philadelphia respectively rely on spectrum coordination to make their messages and each other heard across a noisy arena.  According to Inside Radio, Libin will be the single point of contact to make it all happen via the Broadcast Auxiliary Service (BAS) stations, which will allow the networks to transmit between the convention floor and the studios. Continue Reading

Monday, July 18, 2016

FCC Spectrum Auction Draws Some Major Participants While Others Skittish

In the high-stakes auction house that is the FCC, 62 bidders have put down their ‘earnest money’ in anticipation of obtaining more spectrum.  Major wireless names such as Comcast, Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Dish have taken their seats, paddles in hand, for the airwaves auction that begins on August 16th.

The FCC said the price of this particular 126 MHz ‘lot’ obtained from broadcasters to be sold for wireless use is up to $86.4 billion. Continue Reading

Friday, July 15, 2016

FCC Votes 5-0 To Push Spectrum Boundaries

“The decision we make Thursday could actually be the most important decision this commission makes this year,” FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler told members of Congress during an oversight hearing on Tuesday. 
Yesterday in a 5-to-0 vote, the FCC adopted new rules for wireless broadband operations in frequencies above 24 GHz, making the United States the first country in the world to make this spectrum available for next generation wireless services. The FCC issued a statement saying “these rules set a strong foundation for the rapid advancement to next-generation 5G networks and technologies in the United States.” Continue Reading

Thursday, July 14, 2016

NAB Urges FCC To Go “Full Speed Ahead On Next Gen TV”

NAB General Counsel Rick Kaplan, in a statement issued last night, urged the FCC to move forward on the Next Gen TV proceedings being held today in Washington setting the stage for the next generation of wireless services.

“At its monthly open meeting [today], the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) votes on an order setting the stage for the next generation of wireless services. The order – part of the “Spectrum Frontiers” proceeding – will make expansive amounts of high band spectrum available for wireless services, including next-generation 5G service. This vote will come just nine months after the FCC issued its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) seeking comment on this matter,” Kaplan said. Continue Reading

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Verizon Claims Victory In Race To 5G Specification

Earlier this week, Verizon announced it had completed its 5G-radio specification, reports FierceWireless.com, claiming it is the first U.S. carrier to complete the specification. The completed spec comes after a year’s worth of work by the company’s 5G Technology Forum, a group that includes Cisco, Ericsson, Intel, LG, Nokia, Samsung and Qualcomm Technologies. 
Verizon said the completed radio specification will enable the industry to move closer toward the deployment of 5G technology. In the short term, it will enable chipset and network vendors, as well as mobile operators, “to develop interoperable solutions and contribute to pre-standard testing and fabrication,” Fierce Wireless reports. Continue Reading

Monday, July 11, 2016

Facebook Announces OpenCellular, A Towerless Option For The Third World?

On Friday, the tech-giant Facebook announced its plan to launch OpenCellular, reports NetworkWorld.com, a mobile infrastructure platform that is designed to expand internet access to parts of the developing world.
“Facebook has no intention of transforming itself into a bona fide Internet Service Provider” said Wired.com, “and it’s not interested in selling this new hardware. The aim is to give it away so that a community of players can build networks,” Wired said. “Google is pushing in a similar direction building high-flying drones and high-altitude balloons, the difference is Facebook is freely sharing its design, a way of accelerating the progress of new technology that has served the company so well in the past,” Wired said. Continue Reading

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Sacramento Kings’ New Arena Will Keep Fans Talking

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When the Sacramento Kings’ $507 million new stadium opens in October, it will boast a hanging bundle of video screens 84 feet long, just shorter than the court. It will also have technology that’s much less visible—the arena is being built with a high-capacity WiFi system intended to give fans fast internet access on their mobile devices, similar to what’s offered by a home broadband connection according to MIT Technology Review. The arena’s WiFi network alone will be able to handle “over 500,000 Snapchat posts per second,” said a team spokesman. Continue Reading

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Deutsche Telekom Prepping For 5 Billion Euro Mobile Mast Sell-Off

Two sources “close to the matter” say that Deutsche Telekom will sell German mobile phone masts in a 5 billion Euro ($5.5 billion USD) deal, according to Reuters. The sources say that Deutsche wants to have more funds available to invest in European networks such as infrastructure investors, insurers, private equity groups and pension funds. Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley have been tapped to organize auctioning off of the masts. Continue Reading