Why site selection, acquisition, and planning are about to get much more complex

United States companies will invest $245 billion in 5G infrastructure.  From hundreds of thousands of small cell deployments to maintenance of existing sites, the volume of telecom projects is growing rapidly. This means that the need for more cell sites is growing. The types of sites needed will also vary greatly, including tower, small cell, and DAS sites. Not only will site volume increase as the industry moves towards 5G but the variety of sites is following suit due to network densification. Site selection is an important part of the …

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Automate critical infrastructure project forecasting to adjust for the unknown

When managing critical infrastructure projects, projects almost never go exactly according to the project forecast or schedule. Especially when managing a high volume of complex projects, there are many points of possible friction, delay, and error. There are certain variables out of your of control. The baseline and dependencies you set are likely to change. So, planning, project scheduling, and setting expectations are important. Your foundation matters, but your initial forecast is going to look different from the actuals. Simply put, plans change. Unexpected change brings unknown variables, and unknowns …

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What is the impact of 5G on carriers?

Large carriers are racing to 5G with regular announcements about their progress: In October 2018, Verizon announced the first commercially available 5G network. AT&T announced that its 5G network is launching in the next few weeks. T-Mobile announced that it would build out 5G in 30 new cities in 2018. 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 …

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Predictions for 2019 and beyond from the FierceWireless Next Gen Wireless Networks Summit

“2019 will be the most interesting year in this industry that we’ve seen in a long time.” If you were at the FierceWireless NextGen Wireless Networks Summit in Dallas, Texas last week, you know that big changes are coming. After a packed day of insights on the state of telecommunications infrastructure today, the evening’s dinner featured a panel of industry analysts offering their predictions on the future of the industry. The panelists included: Mike Dano, Editor-in-Chief, FierceWireless Iain Gillott, President, iGR Mark Lowenstein, Managing Director Analyst, Mobile Ecosystem Joe Madden, …

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5 questions you should be asking when choosing enterprise asset management software

Imagine a world where you don’t need to operate, maintain, or update server hardware to deliver the most basic functionality to your enterprise asset management team. A world where the status of a project can be updated in the palm of your hand. A world where flexible workflows, full audit trails, and powerful reporting are available to everyone from field workers to project managers. Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) project management platforms are all of those things and more. Enterprise asset management (EAM) involves the management and maintenance of physical assets throughout the …

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Preventative maintenance management best practices for winter, telecom edition

Network hardening, vegetation management, and standardization for the winter This is a guide to help you get through winter stronger than you went in. Stay ahead of maintenance deadlines and infrastructure failure by standardizing and automating in advance of December, January, and February. Follow our preventative maintenance guide to maintain your telecom assets with confidence. Initiate a thorough and automated preventative maintenance program Telecom companies have to prepare for weather and get ahead of impending infrastructure damage. By creating a thorough preventative maintenance program that adheres to maintenance management best …

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