PCIA Member News

InSite Wireless Group, LLC acquires 294 communication tower sites from CTI Towers, Inc.

April 1, 2015  / FRANKLIN, Mass. and ALEXANDRIA, – InSite Wireless Group, LLC (InSite) today announced that it has acquired 294 communication tower sites from CTI Towers, Inc. (CTI), a company in which Comcast Ventures is majority owner. The assets purchased include communication towers, related tower site equipment and infrastructure, related real property interests, and wireless carrier and customer agreements related to the towers.

"InSite, its investors, and its employees are enthusiastic about closing this transaction with CTI Towers, Inc.," said David E. Weisman, President and CEO of InSite. "We view this acquisition as an important addition to our current tower portfolio and as clear evidence of our investors’ ongoing commitment to grow InSite’s platform of wireless infrastructure assets."

"In the four years since launching CTI Towers, we have constructed an outstanding tower portfolio and are very pleased with the market reception," said Tony Peduto, Chief Executive Officer of CTI Towers, Inc. "We believe InSite’s management of these assets will continue to nurture and provide the same level of operating excellence."

About CTI Towers Inc. CTI Towers, Inc. owns, operates, and maintains wireless towers throughout the United States. The Company leases tower space to wireless carriers, broadcasters, municipalities, utility companies, and others. CTI Towers works with its customers to meet the critical deadlines for network deployment and new cell sites and allows its customers to control much of the process to facilitate the deployment of their networks. For more information, visit www.ctitowers.com.

CTI Towers’ lead investor Comcast Ventures (www.comcastventures.com), the venture capital affiliate of Comcast Corporation, focuses on innovative businesses that that will change the way people live, work and interact.

About InSite Wireless Group, LLC
InSite Wireless Group, LLC develops, owns, operates and manages communications wireless infrastructure facilities primarily for the wireless and broadcast industries. InSite’s distributed antenna system (DAS) and small cell division specializes in the design, installation, operation, and maintenance of shared wireless infrastructure solutions that enhance the quality and capacity of wireless voice and data services in public facilities and complex environments. InSite has developed and currently operates more than 20 projects across the United States in convention centers, casinos, airports, sports stadiums, and transit systems like the Boston MBTA Subway and the Los Angeles County Metro. InSite’s tower division is one of the largest privately owned U.S. tower companies and develops, manages, owns, and operates (after closing on the CTI Towers transaction) more than 1,200 telecommunications towers and sites for wireless carriers across the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Canada. InSite also owns a controlling interest in Telecom Lease Advisors (TLA), one of the leading land-under-cell-tower acquisition companies in the United States. More information on InSite's business can be found at www.insitewireless.com.


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.


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