PCIA Member News

CommScope Compiles 'How To' Manual for LTE Implementation

March 16, 2015 / HICKORY, NC

CommScope’s wireless experts have created a concise, practical guide for navigating the challenges and opportunities in deploying LTE (Long Term Evolution) wireless networks. The LTE Best Practices ebook, the second in CommScope’s ebook series, is filled with answers, tips and insights that will demystify LTE implementation complexity.

"CommScope has been intimately involved in nearly every major LTE roll-out from day one, learning side by side—and sometimes the hard way—with our network operator customers," said Philip Sorrells, vice president, Strategic Marketing, CommScope. "This ebook will help network planners and designers address the unique requirements of LTE and help operators more quickly realize a return on their investments."

The LTE Best Practices ebook covers 10 subject areas including noise and interference mitigation, co-siting, passive intermodulation (PIM) avoidance, distributed antenna system (DAS) implementation, microwave backhaul, small cells and more. Each chapter includes real-world advice for equipment selection, environmental practices and network installation. The ebook is available free of charge after a brief registration and can be downloaded as an app on tablets and smartphones.

The company’s previously issued ebook, Understanding the RF Path, details radio frequency (RF) communications and wireless networks in general. It is part of CommScope’s ongoing effort to offer engaging educational content to the wireless industry. The CommScope Infrastructure Academy offers a comprehensive suite of online and in-person training resources to help organizations achieve high quality designs and installations. CommScope also regularly provides hands-on training courses for many of its solutions.

"I think most people would agree that LTE has driven the industry to new levels of performance, and with that, new challenges," said Sorrells. "Collaboration has become such a vital ingredient in every successful LTE rollout, and in that spirit, we hope this LTE Best Practices ebook is a useful resource for the industry."

Complete a brief registration to access the LTE Best Practices ebook.


Advantage Engineers Pilots Veteran Training Program with Warriors 4 Wireless

Columbia, MD / January 6, 2015 - Advantage Engineers, a leading provider of specialized engineering services, collaborated with Warriors 4 Wireless (W4W) and The Wireless Infrastructure Association (PCIA) to pilot a new program to train veterans in the telecommunications industry. The weeklong course provided veterans the opportunity to learn about site acquisition and transitioning their skills to the civilian workforce.

The pilot program included eight students and ran from November 17-21, 2014. Topics included canvassing and searching for sites, site development, lease negotiation and zoning, roundtable discussions and regulatory and environmental documentation. Veterans also participated in fieldwork and site visits to get hands on training on towers and rooftops.

“We are excited to have partnered with Advantage Engineers, one of the leading professional service companies in our industry, on the newest W4W training curriculum,” said Kelley Dunne, CEO of W4W. “We look forward to additional offerings of this course through 2015 as well as launching new courses to provide additional career opportunities for our veterans.”

“This program is a great example of the effort to bring the wireless industry together with a very worthy cause: finding careers for our nation’s veterans,” said Jonathan Adelstein, President & CEO of PCIA – The Wireless Infrastructure Association. “We’re proud to represent Advantage Engineers as a member of our association, and we salute them for helping to grow the wireless workforce of the future—those that will build the next-generation facilities needed to keep up with exploding demand for wireless broadband.”

W4W is a non-profit organization focusing on the training and development of veterans transitioning to the civilian workforce by supporting the placement process with top employers. PCIA - The Wireless Infrastructure Association represents the companies that build, design, own and manage telecommunications facilities throughout the world. Its over 200 members include carriers, infrastructure providers, equipment manufacturers, systems integrators and professional services firms.

About Advantage Engineers:
Advantage Engineers partners with commercial and government clients to provide specialized engineering and consulting services for the development and deployment of telecommunications infrastructure. Services include program and project management, planning, engineering, environmental, real estate, consulting, and construction support.

Since 2001, the firm’s repeat business growth is a testament to the outstanding level of technical expertise, ingenuity and reliability Advantage Engineers provides. During their thirteen-year history, they have successfully completed thousands of projects in geotechnical, environmental, and telecommunications engineering throughout a variety of markets including telecommunications, energy, residential and commercial development, logistics and warehouse, transportation, utilities, educational facilities and construction. It is not only their depth of experience, but also their responsiveness, that has earned Advantage Engineers a top ranking among engineering firms. Visit www.advantageengineers.com for more information.

Contact for Advantage Engineers: Cynthia Stuber, Marketing Manager at 443-367-0003.


Time Warner Cable and Boingo Launch Passpoint Roaming Coast to Coast

NEW YORK and LOS ANGELES – Dec. 17, 2014 – Time Warner Cable (TWC) and Boingo Wireless today announced that Passpoint roaming access is now available to their subscribers, marking the launch of the first reciprocal Passpoint roaming agreement in the world. Qualified TWC Internet customers and Boingo subscribers can seamlessly connect to secure WiFi networks at thousands of locations, including 25 of the highest traffic airports in the U.S.

Boingo subscribers can access thousands of Time Warner Cable’s Passpoint-enabled hotspots in cities including New York, Austin and Kansas City, with Passpoint roaming access launching in additional cities including Los Angeles and Charlotte in early 2015. Boingo customers already have access to TWC’s more than 60,000 hotspots in major cities across the U.S., per the roaming partnership launched earlier this year.
Timed to the holiday travel season, TWC residential Internet customers with Standard Service and above and all TWC Business Services Internet customers can now seamlessly roam on to Boingo’s “Passpoint Secure” WiFi networks at 25 of the highest traffic airports in the U.S., including Chicago’s O’Hare International (ORD), Los Angeles International (LAX), Austin-Bergstrom International (AUS), and New York’s John F. Kennedy (JFK), LaGuardia (LGA) and Newark Liberty International (EWR) airports.
The Passpoint roaming functionality allows customers with Passpoint-certified devices and account credentials to experience seamless, secure connections between the two networks with no action needed on their part, simplifying the roaming connectivity experience during holiday travel and day-to-day mobile device use. TWC and Boingo’s Passpoint-enabled hotspots feature powerful WPA2 enterprise-grade encryption technology, providing enhanced security on the go. For the customer, this roaming experience is similar to how cellular networks roam today.

"Passpoint technology provides significant value to our customers. Our Passpoint roaming integration with Boingo will keep our users connected to this advanced technology during their travels, helping us provide maximum wireless security to our TWC Internet consumers when they’re surfing the Internet out of home," said Rob Cerbone, VP of Wireless Product Management for Time Warner Cable.

"The launch of reciprocal Passpoint roaming in the U.S. marks a significant milestone for the wireless industry, but more importantly it makes the best possible WiFi connectivity experience available to even more customers in key locations throughout the U.S.," said Dr. Derek Peterson, Boingo Wireless Chief Technology Officer. "Our partnership with TWC gives our customers truly widespread access to simple, seamless and secure WiFi in key markets nationwide."

To access Boingo’s Passpoint-enabled and TWCWiFi-Passpoint networks, TWC customers should download the TWC WiFi Finder app from the Apple App Store, which will then allow them to provision a Passpoint profile on their iOS device. Their applicable device will then be able to connect seamlessly to TWCWiFi-Passpoint and Boingo "Passpoint Secure" networks.

Boingo customers who wish to access the Boingo "Passpoint Secure" and "TWCWiFi-Passpoint" networks can download a Passpoint profile at https://passpoint.boingo.com for their iOS or Macintosh device. They can then seamlessly and securely connect at Boingo and TWC Passpoint network locations.

Both companies are members of the Wireless Broadband Alliance, and have been active participants in Passpoint standards development and Next Generation Hotspot trials.

About Time Warner Cable
Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC) is among the largest providers of video, high-speed data and voice services in the United States, connecting 15 million customers to entertainment, information and each other. Time Warner Cable Business Class offers data, video and voice services to businesses of all sizes, cell tower backhaul services to wireless carriers and enterprise-class, cloud-enabled hosting, managed applications and services. Time Warner Cable Media, the advertising arm of Time Warner Cable, offers national, regional and local companies innovative advertising solutions. More information about the services of Time Warner Cable is available at twc.com, twcbc.com and twcmedia.com.

About Boingo Wireless
Boingo Wireless (NASDAQ: WIFI) helps the world stay connected. Our vast footprint of small cell networks cover more than a million DAS and Wi-Fi locations and reaches more than 1 billion consumers annually – in places as varied as airports, stadiums, universities, and military bases. For more information about the Boingo story, visit www.Boingo.com.

Boingo, Boingo Wireless, the Boingo Wireless Logo and Don’t Just Go. Boingo. are registered trademarks of Boingo Wireless, Inc. All rights reserved. All other trademarks are the properties of their respective owners.


Mosaik Solutions Welcomes Veteran Tower Market Analyst As Special Consultant for TowerSource

MEMPHIS, TENN – November 12, 2014 – Mosaik Solutions, the global source for geospatial network intelligence, today announces that Jim Fryer joins the team as special consultant on Mosaik’s recently acquired TowerSource. The company will leverage Fryer’s in-depth knowledge of the telecom infrastructure markets to help improve the overall user experience, enhance tower datasets and increase the value of TowerSource to the industry.

Mosaik Solutions announced its acquisition of TowerSource on September 8, 2014, further extending its network intelligence capabilities into the wireless infrastructure market.

Fryer has more than 25 years of experience in the tower industry. In 1990, he founded TowerSource, originally a set of printed catalogs known as Fryer’s Site Guides. Over the next 20 years, TowerSource became North America’s largest and most comprehensive vertical asset database.

Fryer will work with the Mosaik team to develop and introduce the new TowerSource, debuting in Q2 2015. The new TowerSource will provide an improved user experience, more accurate vertical asset data, and the added value of Mosaik’s proprietary telecom network intelligence, including wireless coverage, licensing, demographics and traffic data associated with flexible search rings and an array of reporting options.

“Jim Fryer will help us define the future of TowerSource, adding further depth to our already considerable wireless industry expertise,” says Bryan Darr, founder and CEO, Mosaik Solutions. “His industry knowledge and relationships with tower principals will ensure the new TowerSource provides a compelling, accurate and rich user experience for our customers.”

“Mosaik Solutions has a powerful reputation for delivering geospatial network intelligence solutions to the wireless industry," said Jim Fryer, newly appointed special consultant, TowerSource. "Mosaik is a great partner for the infrastructure industry at large, and I am confident that the improved TowerSource will resonate well with the marketplace.”

Mosaik Solutions offers the largest and most comprehensive wireless network coverage database in the world, enabling clients to efficiently communicate global network availability to their customers. The company develops network intelligence solutions that help executives, marketers, engineers and GIS analysts tackle marketing programs, competitive network planning and strategic growth initiatives.

TowerSource.com will continue to provide the e-commerce services users enjoy today. To ensure input is received from many parties, a survey is available for current users to provide suggestions and improvements they would like to see from TowerSource. To participate in the survey, visit www.towersource.com and click the banner at the top.

About Mosaik Solutions, Inc.
Mosaik Solutions builds world-class desktop and mobile applications backed by comprehensive telecom network intelligence. It maintains the most in-depth network coverage and infrastructure database in the world, enabling clients to understand complex spectrum and network coverage dynamics, improve customer experiences and reduce churn with network validation solutions.

As an agile team of researchers, creatives, analysts and mapping experts, Mosaik develops intelligence solutions that help executives, marketers, engineers and tower professionals improve marketing and retention programs, competitive network planning and site acquisition efforts.
For more information visit www.mosaik.com.


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