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Understanding And Solving The 5G Skills Gap With Dr. Rikin Thakker

The skills gap in the wireless industry still exists and is becoming wider with the rollout of 5G. In this episode, Carrie Charles interviews Dr.Rikin Thakker, CTO of The Wireless Infrastructure Association.   They discuss workforce challenges and the new solutions and programs that will bring...

FCC acts to limit local review of co-located tower equipment expansion

In a vote split along party lines, the Federal Communications Commission continued its press to minimize local barriers to network deployment by allowing excavation and deployment of equipment up to 30 feet beyond a site boundary without triggering additional review. Republican commission members framed the...

Editorial Report: CBRS Spotlight – Early Learning from Commercialization of the CBRS

Commercial CBRS deployments have officially kicked off, with a healthy device and equipment ecosystem to support the three-tiered spectrum sharing framework. The next big step for the technology is the Priority Access License auction set for late June 2020. So, who is using CBRS and...

Editorial Webinar: CBRS Spotlight – Early Learning from Commercialization of the CBRS

Commercial CBRS deployments have officially kicked off, with a healthy device and equipment ecosystem to support the three-tiered spectrum sharing framework. The next big step for the technology is the Priority Access License auction set for late June 2020. So, who is using CBRS and...

FCC’s ‘big news’ around tower co-location provides network predictability, cost savings

WIA CEO: 'towers are as just important for 5G as anything else' While moderating a panel at this year’s Connect(X) virtual conference event, WIA President and CEO Jonathan Adelstein remarked that in a world consumed with 5G, it’s important to remember that towers are just...

Wireless Infrastructure: 2020 Vision With Jonathan Adelstein

Listed to the podcast here WIA’s premier industry conference, Connect (X), is going virtual this year. Connect (X): All Access will be held May 19, with a Small and Diverse Business Summit May 20-21. All virtual. All free. WIA’s President and CEO, Jonathan Adelstein, is this...

DHS enables access to critical infrastructure

As more states respond to the novel coronavirus by ordering citizens to shelter in place except for essential businesses, communications infrastructure is considered one area that is crucial to maintain. Network traffic, including voice calls, is on the rise, as companies shift to telework, healthcare...

Three ways that PALs differ from traditional spectrum licenses

The Citizens Broadband Radio Service spectrum will not only help U.S. mobile network operators to manage their own traffic better, but will enable many new market entrants, according to a new report from the Wireless Infrastructure Association. The WIA report outlines the basics of the...

WIA White Paper: DAS and Small Cells Evolve to Meet Today’s and Tomorrow’s Connectivity Needs

Technology advances increasingly blur the lines between the capabilities of Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) and other small cells. Many DAS networks have become less complex (at least easier to install) while small cells have become smarter. Building upon its 2013 report, the HetNet Forum has...

FCC updates funding mechanism for educational Wi-Fi

FCC proposed rulemaking permanently modifies rules for educational Wi-Fi projects The Federal Communications Commission is looking to make it easier for Wi-Fi projects at schools and libraries to be funded under federal mechanisms. The FCC tested out a "category two" budget approach for five years under...

Connect (X) 2019: The 5G Infrastructure Event for Public Carriers, Neutral Hosts and Private LTE Network Operators

  Catch-up on the latest videos, information and insight from the event – which convened the wireless industry May 2019 in Orlando. The telecoms industry is in the midst of a generational shift as operators invest in the transition from LTE to 5G. And unlike previous...

Small cells and network densification 2019: Policy, Spectrum, Fiber and Mobile Networks

  Densification of cell sites and fiber networks has been ramping up in recent years as carriers cope with ever-increasing capacity needs and lay the groundwork for 5G. RCR Wireless News looks at the state of spectrum holdings, fiber deployments and how each of the...

5G deployment faces a skills gap

COLLEGE PARK, MARYLAND -- As wireless operators push forward with aggressive 5G roll-out plans, they will need a workforce that understands how to deploy increasingly complex network technologies, according to the Wireless Infrastructure Association. WIA President and CEO Jonathan Adelstein said during a Wireless...

Honoring towering achievements at WIA’s Wireless Hall of Fame

First class inducted into WIA's Wireless Hall of Fame WASHINGTON, D.C.--As Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai recounted some of his travels around the country to get a firsthand sense of local telecommunications infrastructure, he was also painting a picture of the scope of the...

WIA looks forward — and back — at its inaugural Wireless Hall of Fame event

ARLINGTON, Virginia--The Wireless Infrastructure Association is taking the occasion of its first annual Wireless Hall of Fame event to honor some of the pivotal figures of the tower industry, while also focusing on the future needs of the tower workforce in a 5G world. This...

WIA President: 5G requires spectrum, sites and workforce

Former FCC commissioner discusses policy support for 5G In a recent interview aired on C-SPAN, Wireless Infrastructure Association (WIA) President and CEO Jonathan Adelstein boiled down what's needed for 5G: "What we need to make 5G work is more spectrum as soon as we can...

Wireless Industry Association CEO highlights network convergence

Macro, small cells, fiber, data centers all part of network convergence Summarizing the programming at the Wireless Infrastructure Association's ConnectX event in Charlotte, N.C., Jonathan Adelstein, president and CEO of the trade association, highlighted the increasing level of network convergence shaping the telecom industry's evolution...

Private LTE Networks: Now is the Time for Enterprise to Plan Their LTE Strategy

The lines are blurring between commercial LTE networks operated by mobile carriers, and the network options available to private enterprises. Until recently, enterprises were unable to use LTE for their private wireless networks because LTE requires licensed spectrum. Today, however, new spectrum sharing technologies and...

Carr talks 5G, wireless workforce

COLLEGE PARK, Md.--Federal Communications Commissioner Brendan Carr discussed the role of workforce development in supporting 5G roll-outs and making federal regulations "5G-ready" to encourage private sector investments in the next generation of wireless technology. Carr's remarks came during a discussion with Jonathan Adelstein, president and...

#TBT: Hitting 20 million U.S. subscribers; directory assistance with actual operators; the timeless issue of spectrum clearing … this week in 1994

Editor’s Note: RCR Wireless News goes all in for “Throwback Thursdays,” tapping into our archives to resuscitate the top headlines from the past. Fire up the time machine, put on the sepia-tinted shades, set the date for #TBT and enjoy the memories! There were 20...

Building 5G networks will require hybrid technicians

As the telecom industry transitions from LTE to LTE-Advanced, LTE-Advanced Pro, and ultimately 5G, which is still going through 3GPP's standardization process, the telecom workforce, particularly field technicians responsible for building and re-building networks, will also need to evolve. 5G promises multi-gigabit per second speeds...

Smart cities need smart regulation (content provided by RCR and WIA)

To realize the vision of 5G, the IoT and smart cities, site acquisition regulations needs to be streamlined Aside from the promise of fundamentally changing the way we live and work, the enabling technology for 5G, the internet of things and use cases like smart...

In-building wireless, metro density as key smart city enablers (content provided by WIA and RCR)

HetNet Expo panel highlights the role of heterogeneous networks in building a smart city HOUSTON—Any smart city project—a small-scale pilot or a purpose-built infrastructure—rests on a strong foundation of wireless connectivity. Urban residents want mobile broadband in the subway and on the bus; metropolitan workers...

Small cells get a boost from FCC agreement

The Federal Communications Commission is eliminating requirements for historic preservation review for small cells that do not adversely impact historic sites. The agency said "physically small deployments like DAS and small cells" will be exempt from the Section 106 review process. Section 106 of...

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