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Repacking broadcast spectrum will require new skill sets

As the first phase of the U.S. government's 600 MHz auction concluded, the Federal Communication Commission said it will be able to clear 126 megahertz of spectrum. That's good news not only for wireless carriers but also for the construction and engineering firms that will...

NATE Unite preview

Next week the city that has rebuilt itself will host the builders, suppliers and tower owners who represent NATE, the National Association of Tower Erectors. As New Orleans welcomes more than 130 exhibitors and hundreds more attendees to NATE Unite 2016, the U.S. tower...

The urge to merge: consolidation hits wireless infrastructure

Wireless carriers value suppliers who can offer a full suite of solutions and who have deployment expertise. Companies that supply and deploy wireless infrastructure are responding to this demand by teaming up, hoping to gain market share and create scale that will help them...

Cell Tower News: Lawsuit filed over firefighter tower death

Lawsuit names SBA Communications, others as defendants In February 2014 a tower in Clarksburg, W.Va., collapsed, killing two tower climbers and injuring others. The stress of the collapse caused stress on guy wires connecting the tower to a nearby tower which also collapsed, killing one firefighter,...

FCC says tower crews may impact timing of next spectrum auction

Some tower crews are idle now, but the FCC is looking ahead The timing of the next spectrum auction may partially depend on the availability of tower crews, according to the Federal Communication Commission's Michael O'Rielly. The commissioner said he wants carriers and tower companies...

Help wanted: Nokia’s SAC Wireless hires as competitors cut back

When Nokia agreed to buy SAC Wireless last summer, the North American wireless infrastructure business was just beginning to show signs of a cyclical slowdown. In the six months since, several major contractors have cut their workforces, but SAC Wireless continues to grow. "We're definitely...

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