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Q&A: Verizon’s Adam Koeppe on how an evolving network affects workforce needs

As networks evolve, so do the skill-sets needed to design, deploy and maintain them. More software skills are needed at all levels as automation plays a larger role in everything from radio frequency testing to how the network is monitored and managed. Networks are...

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...

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...

Telecom workforce management and the 'gig economy'

Telecom workforce management is changing as the so-called “gig economy” continues to penetrate the industry. An increasingly "hybrid" workforce of contract and full-time workers is emerging as operators put more focus on reducing their costs to deploy network infrastructure. Field Nation, which provides a software...

Wireless workforce: training and certification update

Wireless Infrastructure Association President Jonathan Adelstein is on a mission to develop a competent, consistent wireless workforce that will be ready to perform as the industry gears up for the rollout of "5G." In addition to creating jobs with growth potential, developing a credentialed...

#TBT: Sprint, HP to cut jobs; Verizon pulls optimization plan … this week in 2014

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! Sprint moves on...

Veteran Affairs’ GI Bill funds wireless workforce apprenticeships – Inside Telecom Careers Eps 14

Rosye Cloud, senior adviser of veteran employment for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, describes how veterans and employers can leverage the Veteran Affairs' GI Bill for the Telecommunications Industry Registered Apprenticeship Program. Veteran Affairs' GI Bill funds wireless workforce apprenticeships The Veteran Affairs' GI Bill, when applied...

3 ways the cell tower industry is changing

Last year, active tower sites in the U.S. declined for the first time ever, according to analysts at SNL Kagan, but the setback is expected to be temporary. The tower business is healthy, but it is also going through some big changes. Three of...

3 ways hetnets are changing the infrastructure services industry

Hetnets are heterogeneous networks, wireless networks that combine different technologies in order to maintain the user experience indoors or in crowded urban environments. Operators may use small cells, Wi-Fi and/or distributed antenna systems in combination with macro cells to keep users connected. In deploying...

Motorola Mobility targeted for Lenovo layoffs

Lenovo plans to cut 3,200 jobs Less than a year after buying Motorola Mobility, China's Lenovo has said that it will cut 3,200 jobs on the heels of a steep drop in sales of Motorola phones. Lenovo said that most of the cuts will be...

What is TIRAP? – Inside Telecom Careers: Episode 6

TIRAP provides DOL-credentialed apprenticeship programs What is the Telecommunications Industry Registered Apprentice Program? Watch the latest episode of Inside Telecom Careers, hosted by Karla Macias and Jeff Mucci, as they discuss and view a recent interview with Jonathan Adelstein, CEO for PCIA - The Wireless Infrastructure Association. While details...

Qualcomm to cut roughly 4,500 jobs and restructure

Pressured by Chinese competitors and domestic investors, Qualcomm has decided to undertake a "strategic realignment" that will include roughly 4,500 layoffs. Qualcomm said it will streamline its engineering operations and consolidate some offices. The world's largest maker of chips for mobile devices employs more than...

White House hosts wireless industry summit

Wireless industry leaders gathered at the White House on Wednesday to meet with representatives from the federal Office of Science and Technology Policy, the White House National Economic Council, the White House Chief Technology Office, the Department of Labor, the Veterans Administration, the Department...

Creating the wireless workforce of the future

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. – Wireless infrastructure is one of the fastest-growing industries in the nation, but until recently there has been no formal training program for workers in this industry. Wireless trade association PCIA has worked to change that during the past 18 months. Industry...

On-the-job training for wireless workers wins federal support

Americans want mobile broadband, and they want good jobs with potential for growth. The wireless industry can deliver both, but only if adequate training is available for the workforce. Department of Labor, FCC announce wireless apprenticeship program Right now, thousands of wireless infrastructure jobs are going...

PCIA to set wireless training standards

PCIA has won a $750,000 grant from the Department of Labor to establish standards for wireless training programs, and certifications to enable workers to meet those standards. The grant is part of the federal government's broad initiative to fund job-specific training, a program which...

White House funds wireless training programs

For PCIA President Jonathan Adelstein, this year's State of the Union address was something of an epiphany. The former FCC commissioner realized that the White House was hard at work on an issue that is near and dear to the wireless industry: skills-based technical...

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