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IOT and the Smart City - Wade4Wireless BlogCast
Apr 24 • 17 min
Will Smart Cities use IOT? Will IOT be an integral part of the smart city vision? Yes and yes! IOT is going to be a key factor in many smart city services and it will fill the holes for services other than broadband. If you wonder if it will take off,…
CBRS and the Shift in Spectrum Ownership - Wade4Wireless BlogCast
Apr 17 • 33 min
I have been speaking about how the spectrum of 5G will shift into the hands of the small business once again. Well, now there are more people on board with this theory. It seems that CBRS is making it all happen and IWCE had CBRS as one of its focal…
Will IOT be a 5G Service? - Wade4Wireless BlogCast
Apr 10 • 7 min
Of course. When we look at 5G it is well beyond the devices that we are used to. It’s time to expand your horizons beyond a simple device. That is why IOT is used along with 5G in so many conversations. IOT and 5G are used synonymously even though they…
The PA Wireless Happy Valley Technology Rally Review - Wade4Wireless BlogCast
Apr 4 • 19 min
I had the opportunity and honor to speak at the Pennsylvania Wireless Associations’ (PWA) event at State College, Pa. I was on a panel that discussed the IOT use in smart cities. I’ll get into that in a minute, let’s talk about the event and the other…
Smart City Sustainability - Wade4Wireless BlogCast
Mar 20 • 28 min
I have seen some smart city questions come my way, specifically, how can the smart city be sustainable. When I think of sustainability, I think of how to make the system pay for itself. To make it a viable and long-lasting program that doesn’t rely on tax…
Building the Smart City Foundation – Assets - Wade4Wireless BlogCast
Mar 13 • 18 min
The foundation for a smart city is really the assets it can provide. The key to good assets is to use what is existing. I am going to focus more on wireless, but there are great opportunities that the larger cities are already thinking of. Here it is “The…
Mounting Small Cells in a City - Wade4Wireless BlogCast
Mar 6 • 17 min
With the coming densification of cities, we often try to figure out how we will mount the devices in our cities. After all, urban areas are going to be the key focus of how to grow. Smart cities are not the only reason we will be mounting the equipment in…
Drone Pilots have Rule! - Wade4Wireless BlogCast
Feb 13 • 25 min
Drone update! Put Drones to Work! The eye in the sky (in the USA) is the FAA and they have laid out some drone pilot rules and. Your eye in the sky is your drone. As we move into an era of IOT, drones will play a larger part in businesses. In fact, there…
The Smart City 5G Business Plan - Wade4Wireless BlogCast
Feb 6 • 17 min
The Smart City 5G Business Plan Here it is “The 5G Deployment Plan” available now! * Build your business case around your needs. Think of who will use it. Most cities think that they can put everyone on one system, but that’s not practical. * The thing…
The 5G Deployment Plan Book Release! - Wade4Wireless BlogCast
Jan 30 • 5 min
The 5G Deployment Plan Handbook! You bombarded me with questions about 5G, like what is it, what’s special about it, and how will it be deployed. You also said you didn’t care about the technical details, just how to implement it and how to build the…
What is NB IOT and how will we use it? - Wade4Wireless BlogCast
Jan 30 • 18 min
Are you curious about IOT? Do you know the different flavors of IOT? Do you wonder why they use IOT and 5G interchangeably? Who would use this technology? Read on wireless tech fan if you want to find out. Here it is “The 5G Deployment Plan” available…
Commercial 5G RAN Backhaul and Fronthaul Overview - Wade4Wireless BlogCast
Jan 24 • 20 min
Here it is “The 5G Deployment Plan” available now! When looking at the RAN you may not think of backhaul or fronthaul as a component, but it is a critical one. Think about it, without backhaul you have no connection to the core, and without fronthaul, you…
An Overview on TDD and FDD Formats - Wade4Wireless BlogCast
Jan 16 • 12 min
Here it is “The 5G Deployment Plan” available now! There are two technologies for LTE. For LTE, they have FDD and TDD which both are viable options. Both are viable options. They are both used by carriers in the USA although FDD has been the choice in the…
5G Network Slicing - Wade4Wireless BlogCast
Jan 9 • 15 min
Here it is “The 5G Deployment Plan” available now! Network slicing is 5G’s way to get you everything. What is 5G network slicing? It is slicing up the wireless networks to serve specific purposes. You see, one network will not provide all services for…
Building the 5G Business Case for Health Care - Wade4Wireless BlogCast
Jan 2 • 28 min
Here it is “The 5G Deployment Plan” available now! If you are in health care, then you probably want to cover a hospital or a medical center for a specific reason. Your customer may be the patients or doctors or specialists or technicians. For patients,…
Happy Holidays to All! - Wade4Wireless BlogCast
Dec 25, 2016 • 4 min
Thank you, all of you! For all of your support, feedback, following me, and purchases! I appreciate all of you for all of this. To all of you field workers out there, Merry Christmas and Happy Chanukah. Happy holidays to all of you. We all work very hard…
What would happen if Sprint and T-Mobile Merged? - Wade4Wireless BlogCast
Dec 18, 2016 • 17 min
Are you curious about the merger and what it will bring? Do you want look into the future and see what could happen? This report covers the future and the past to give you a history as well as makes some predictions on a potential merger. If it does…
Is the Work Model for Wireless Changing? Part 3 of 3. - Wade4Wireless BlogCast
Nov 22, 2016 • 13 min
This is part 3 of 3-part series. How does this change our model here in the US? Well, for tower climbing most contractors are trying to get crews to work on the same model that the carriers have built. This is because they can no longer carry the burden…
Is the Work Model for Wireless Changing? Part 2 of 3. - Wade4Wireless BlogCast
Nov 21, 2016 • 11 min
This is part 2 of a 3-part series. For the contractor, flat pricing causes change order issues. If there are problems at the site, then the contractor must ask for a change order. If the GC who hired them does not want to pay, then the contractor risks…
Is the Work Model for Wireless Changing? Part 1 of 3. - Wade4Wireless BlogCast
Nov 20, 2016 • 11 min
This is part 1 of a 3-part series. I got news for you, it already has. Think about how the wireless work has changed over the last decade. Most workers expect to have an hourly job or they expect to capture a salary. From what I see, those days are coming…
Will President Trump change Wireless Business? - Wade4Wireless BlogCast
Nov 14, 2016 • 37 min
How will President Trump change the wireless industry? For one, let me say I don’t know. It is president Trump, not King Trump. Just like President Obama, not King Obama. The president has great power and influence, but can’t just wave a scepter and say,…
What is 5G? - Wade4Wireless BlogCast
Nov 1, 2016 • 22 min
Did you ever wonder, what is 5G anyway? What does that mean to me? If you’re not interested in technology, then it’s just another buzz word, but if you’re reading this, then you asked the question. Here it is “The 5G Deployment Plan” available now! The 5G…
Chad Tuttle of the B+T Group Talks Towers - Wade4Wireless BlogCast
Oct 23, 2016 • 50 min
Today I spent time with Chad Tuttle of B+T Group who has really grown over the year. It is an interesting story for several reasons. Chad’s family was in the tower industry since the 1950s, in fact, they built out some of the AT&T towers, you know, the…
Could you build an indoor carrier grade wireless network? - Wade4Wireless BlogCast
Oct 18, 2016 • 13 min
We have been talking a lot about 5G and how the networks going to look. I brought up some 5G business cases in a post that are feasible for more than the carriers and I am working on many more. What about the enterprise and the building owners, how will…
Deploying 5G Small Cells - Wade4Wireless BlogCast
Oct 11, 2016 • 15 min
How will 5G small cells be deployed? How will 5G small cells be installed? How will the 5G small cell planning go? These are all good questions. Let’s touch the surface to understand what the starting points are. Let’s also cover how you can play a part…
Move over Wi-Fi, here comes LTE-U! - Wade4Wireless BlogCast
Oct 3, 2016 • 21 min
Have you been reading about all the tension between LTE-U and Wi-Fi? I wish the FCC would just release an authorization to use LTE-U. After all, it is license-free spectrum, right? Let’s look at what’s happening. Here it is “The 5G Deployment Plan”…
LTE will be the Foundation for 5G - Wade4Wireless BlogCast
Sep 29, 2016 • 21 min
I have been reading a lot about 5G and it seems there is a misconception that 5G will replace LTE. That is far from the truth. If anything LTE will be the foundation of 5G. That is why the carriers went to LTE so it could expand to 5G and beyond. We…
Do Smart Cities need Wireless? - Wade4Wireless BlogCast
Sep 12, 2016 • 29 min
I would say yes, like I always do with wireless. However, to be honest most people don’t know what smart city is. It’s a cool buzz word that most people throw around. They include renewable energy, like solar, because solar is cool and easy on the eyes. I…
Gerard Carroll of Empirix explains the E2E Solution for RAN Network Improvement and Troubleshooting. - Wade4Wireless BlogCast
Sep 7, 2016 • 60 min
My guest on today’s show explains how capturing data on the network can not only find problems but improve the network. Let’s welcome Gerard Carroll who is the RAN Solution Manager for Empirix, http://www.empirix.com/, an end to end data analytics…
What will the IOT wireless protocols look like? - Wade4Wireless BlogCast
Sep 4, 2016 • 15 min
The Internet of Things, IoT, is more than a buzz word, it is the way things are moving. When you hear of 5G they often talk of IoT and how everything will be connected. This is very exciting but the technology is already here. It is being tested and…
What will the IOT protocols look like? - Wade4Wireless BlogCast
Aug 31, 2016 • 15 min
The Internet of Things, IoT, is more than a buzz word, it is the way things are moving. When you hear of 5G they often talk of IoT and how everything will be connected. This is very exciting but the technology is already here. It is being tested and…
A Tale of Two Carriers, T-Mobile burns past Sprint - Wade4Wireless BlogCast
Aug 24, 2016 • 17 min
You have all heard about the race for #3 and the drop to #4. T-Mobile is the solid #3 while Sprint is the solid #4. T-Mobile seems to be heading forward while Sprint seems to be falling hard. Sprint has so much debt while T-Mobile is building the dense…
What is the 5G Business Plan? - Wade4Wireless BlogCast
Aug 19, 2016 • 28 min
I have heard a lot about 5G and the roll out and how small cells will boom with 5G. Let’s look at the facts, if 5G is in the millimeter wave spectrum, then they will be very small and very line of site networks. How is this going to work? Are the carriers…
Does IOT need Wireless? - Wade4Wireless BlogCast
Aug 10, 2016 • 15 min
Hell yeah! Don’t get me wrong, you could use CAT 5 to connect most of this stuff, but the idea is to have the equipment everywhere and talking all the time, or at least when we need to. They need to be wireless controlled for it to work properly and to be…
The Wireless Deployment Bundle! - Wade4Wireless BlogCast
Aug 7, 2016 • 2 min
Announcement! The Wireless Deployment Bundle ready for release! Do you need some help getting started in the wireless deployment business? If you’re looking to work on macro sites or on small cells and DAS systems, then get some help here. This isn’t for…
Wireless Carriers State of Affairs Commentary - Wade4Wireless BlogCast
Aug 2, 2016 • 30 min
The carriers seem to be very slow this year on growth, at least wireless network growth. Oh sure, if you talk to them they are growing by leaps and bounds. But if you are in deployment, you are either busy or really slow. It seems like more of the same…
What will 5G networks look like? - Wade4Wireless BlogCast
Jul 27, 2016 • 15 min
Here is what I see, the carriers are pretty stubborn to keep the LTE systems in place, they really don’t want to do another network build for another 10 years. Do expect them to improve LTE, which does stand for Long Term Evolution, for another 10 years…
Jim Grasty of ALLTEC Talks about Lightning and Surge Protection! - Wade4Wireless BlogCast
Jul 18, 2016 • 38 min
On today’s show I learned so much about lightning protection and surge protection. How do you protect your equipment from lightning, from surges? What about all the little surges that kill your equipment over time? I have the surge protection answer man,…
Bob McCook Explains D3M Radio Solutions - Wade4Wireless BlogCast
Jul 14, 2016 • 44 min
Today I have Bob McCook on my podcast and he explains the best way to take your system from the pre-sales design phase all the way to the customer then delivery and then to maintenance. This is such a great solution for any VAR, (Value Added Reseller) to…
Tower Safety Veteran Patents Credentials Verification Service (CVS) to stop The Fraud - Wade4Wireless BlogCast
Jul 12, 2016 • 52 min
Today I wanted to talk about how we can clean up the tower industry’s sloppy credential problem. There are several companies out there that fake safety credentials and certifications! Advanced Safety Pros’ Founder, Clifford Wilcox found a way to improve…
Kathy Brand Takes Training Personally - Wade4Wireless BlogCast
Jul 6, 2016 • 52 min
Today I talk to Kathy Brand, CEO and founder of Tower Safety and Instruction. She worked for AT&T doing outside plant and CO work for years. In the interview she talks about how the lack of respect for safety training was commonplace. This encouraged her…
Keven Gambold Explains Using Drones for Tower Work - Wade4Wireless BlogCast
Jun 14, 2016 • 45 min
Today, just for you, the Unmanned Experts CEO tells us why drones are a great tool for tower work. He explains how frustrating it is to wait for the FAA to open up the rules for drones so that the commercial work can happen on a widespread scale. How…
AT&T offers a $60K reward for Injured Technician - Wade4Wireless BlogCast
Jun 11, 2016 • 12 min
Update on fallen climber – For those of you that Didn’t hear, we lost a climber, 73-year-old Milt Jenson who fell 50 feet on an amateur tower doing volunteer work, I added some new links , the full story is here;…
How to make Close Out Packages Simple - Wade4Wireless BlogCast
Jun 6, 2016 • 11 min
I understand that the close out package is a key KPI for most tower work done today. To close out the site you need to have all of the information documented and presented in the format that the customer, usually a carrier, wants to see it. They want all…
Rick Ledford Explains Comstar Training - Wade4Wireless BlogCast
Jun 2, 2016 • 29 min
Today I have Rick Ledford of Comstar, www.Comstarusa.com goes over the training that Comstar offers. He is the COO of Comstar. I would like to thank Rick for taking the time to talk to me, it was a great talk. Now the audio at the end got a little choppy,…
Can Sprint Get Back to Good? - Wade4Wireless BlogCast
May 31, 2016 • 13 min
Commentary and my opinions! Can Sprint get back to #3? Boy, Sprint keeps telling us how great their network is, then they make announcements that they are going to put the minimal amount of money into the network. Trust me, if you are a Sprint vendor, you…
Art King is the King of Enterprise Small Cells - Wade4Wireless BlogCast
May 24, 2016 • 60 min
In this show we have a small cell legend. Art King of SpiderCloud, who had a great career in IT and made the move into carrier small cells for the enterprise. He actually had the idea for the enterprise small cell long before it was a thing. He would…
Steve Yapsuga Talks Wireless Integration - Wade4Wireless BlogCast
May 19, 2016 • 41 min
I met Steve at the NEDAS show and got to know him afterwards. He is an easy guy to talk to about wireless, we all love wireless. The groups he works with are really something. They are all there to help inform you, the wireless worker, about the wireless…
Climber Falls to Death in Maryland - Wade4Wireless BlogCast
May 17, 2016 • 0 min
This is a sad day, in the tower industry. According to reports in The Washington Post and WJLA in DC, a climber fell and died from a tower near the WSSC treatment plant in Damascus, Md. About 3Pm on Monday, May 16th the Montgomery police responded to a…
FCC DAS and Small Cell Workshop 2016 - Wade4Wireless BlogCast
May 9, 2016 • 15 min
FCC DAS and Small Cell Workshop 2016 Once again the FCC is working to improve broadband access in the USA. For that, I say thank you. This time they had a workshop to understand what DAS is and what small cells do. Hey, the FCC is busy trying to improve…
Day 2 Lessons at NEDAS NYC 2016 - Wade4Wireless BlogCast
Apr 19, 2016 • 33 min
#NEDASNYC In my last post I spoke of Day 1, which was the shorter day, here is day 2. Like I said, great show and I made so many connections and met so many great people. The videos of this can be found here, this way you can see the people that I have…
Tower Related Injuries and More - Wade4Wireless BlogCast
Apr 16, 2016 • 4 min
There were a few accidents this week I wanted to report on. They weren’t communication tower accidents but they were all tower related. Newsletter sign-up! Hey everyone, there was another injury this week. Wally Reardon posted this on Facebook and we are…
Lessons Learned at NEDAS NYC 2016 Day 1 - Wade4Wireless BlogCast
Apr 16, 2016 • 15 min
#NEDASNYC I attended and spoke at the NEDAS show in New York City this year. What a great show! I got to hear the experts talk about new technology and real world problems. I was there for both days, attending all the sessions. Let me tell you, if you…
CBRS Citizens Broadband Radio Service Update - Wade4Wireless BlogCast
Apr 12, 2016 • 17 min
I am so excited that the FCC will be releasing more spectrum for the rest of us. The Citizens Broadband Radio Service, (CBRS) here in the USA. I am not talking about the Billions of dollars that the US carriers need to spend to get LTE spectrum. I am…
Shelter Monitoring, Cooling, Design, and Power @IWCE - Wade4Wireless BlogCast
Apr 8, 2016 • 18 min
The sessions at IWCE show were really great and I did go to many of them but I also moderated this session. I thought it would be good for you to see what is available for your site needs, especially if you are working mission critical operations. This is…
Carriers need a VAD and VAR Program for Small Cells and DAS! - Wade4Wireless BlogCast
Apr 4, 2016 • 6 min
Commentary: Verizon’s Enterprise unit started a Value Added Distributor, VAD, program. Now, this has little to do with wireless at this time because it includes, “Verizon’s RRR service includes forensics, cyber incident assessments and designated security…
IWCE 2016 Review of Choosing the Right Technology - Wade4Wireless BlogCast
Mar 31, 2016 • 13 min
More on IWCE! I was in another session which was great if you work in public safety. It was session N259 – Pick Me, Pick Me! Choosing the Right Technology for Your System which was moderated by Steve Macke, a great moderator. He knew about all of these…
Northeast DAS and Small Cell 2016 Spring In Building Summit - Wade4Wireless BlogCast
Mar 29, 2016 • 2 min
Hello again, I will be on a round table talking about indoor antenna design at the Northeast DAS and Small Cell 2016 Spring In Building Summit in New York City on April 6th, 2016. It is being put together by NEDAS. I am looking at it from a deployment…
IWCE 2016 Review on Next Generation of Wireless Networks - Wade4Wireless BlogCast
Mar 28, 2016 • 7 min
I got back from IWCE 2016 exhausted. There was so much going on at that show that I can’t begin to tell you everything. So what I will go over is what I was able to attend. Of course, my sessions were really important! To me anyway. I talked about LTE…
Tower Shock Survivor John Richardson talks of Family, Faith, and Recovery - Wade4Wireless BlogCast
Mar 21, 2016 • 44 min
Here is a story of not only a survivor, but an inspiration of someone who truly feels he is blessed from GOD and someone who really inspires by his great attitude and his love of his family. I have to tell you if you don’t have faith before this, you will…
An Injury in a Near Miss, Stephen Crabtree Tells his Story - Wade4Wireless BlogCast
Mar 18, 2016 • 55 min
UPDATE! I have an official statement from John “JD” Ledcke of Pinpoint Services. “The information provided by Curtis Walton in this interview is inaccurate, and your summary of the interview embellishes Curtis’s false comments. Your statement that there…
The FirstNet Fizzle - Wade4Wireless BlogCast
Mar 15, 2016 • 10 min
Get Tower Tracker Pro for COPs Today What do the deployment teams think of FirstNet? What do you think of FirstNet? Yes, FirstNet. For all of us who were looking forward to building FirstNet, guess what, it is only going to help you if you already work…
NATE Unite 2016 Drones On - Wade4Wireless BlogCast
Mar 4, 2016 • 12 min
Get Tower Tracker Pro for COPs Today One thing that I wanted to see is the progress of drones in the wireless industry, Guess what, NATE is pushing the drone education. I put it like that because the FAA can’t keep up! They don’t know how to handle this…
NATE Unite 2016 Notes - Wade4Wireless BlogCast
Mar 2, 2016 • 12 min
Get Tower Tracker Pro for COPs Today I want to congratulate the people who got some accolades at the NATE Unite conference. * Jim Tracey of Legacy is not the new NATE Chairman. * Jim Miller of EasTex Tower is still Vice Chairman. * Kari Carlson of Tower…
NATE Unite 2016 Review - Wade4Wireless BlogCast
Feb 29, 2016 • 13 min
Get Tower Tracker Pro for COPs Today Hello again as I return from NATE Unite, which was awesome! I really have to thank the NATE team for all that they have done for this year’s conference. I really had a great time. First off, I want to thank the NATE…
FCC DOL Tower Safety Workshop Panel 3 Breakdown - Wade4Wireless BlogCast
Feb 22, 2016 • 24 min
Get Tower Tracker Pro for COPs Today Deploy with the Wireless Deployment Handbook eBook that covers professional carrier end to end deployment of LTE small cells, CRAN, and DAS to show you the proper way to plan for deployment then execute, planning and…
FCC DOL Tower Safety Workshop Panel 2 Breakdown - Wade4Wireless BlogCast
Feb 20, 2016 • 31 min
Get Tower Tracker Pro for COPs Today Deploy with the Wireless Deployment Handbook eBook that covers professional carrier end to end deployment of LTE small cells, CRAN, and DAS to show you the proper way to plan for deployment then execute, planning and…
XcellAir tells us about QoE - Wade4Wireless BlogCast
Feb 16, 2016 • 41 min
Get Tower Tracker Pro Today Today I have an interview with Hardik Ajmera of XcellAir, http://xcellair.com/, who provides a solution for carriers to manage and optimize their wireless network to deliver the best Quality of Experience, (QoE), to the end…
FCC DOL Tower Safety Workshop Panel 1 Breakdown - Wade4Wireless BlogCast
Feb 15, 2016 • 33 min
Get Tower Tracker Pro for COPs Today Hello everyone. On February 11th I went to 445 12th St SW, Washington DC, which you may know better as the FCC headquarters. What was I doing there? I was invited to participate on a panel of the Tower Safety Workshop.…
Densification Breakdown - Wade4Wireless BlogCast
Feb 8, 2016 • 17 min
Get Tower Tracker Pro Today Thank you Sprint for making densification the new buzz word in the industry but the reality is that it’s been happening for years. Now we have the ability to put the cell w here the people are with small cells and CRAN. The…
The FCC and DOL OSHA Tower Safety Workshop - Wade4Wireless BlogCast
Feb 4, 2016 • 26 min
Yes, it’s time again for the FCC and DOL tower safety workshop. Of course, when I say DoL I really mean OSHA in this case. The agenda can be found here. I am going to be on a panel for the workshop to discuss not only the problems in the industry but also…
Unlicensed LTE MulteFire Overview - Wade4Wireless BlogCast
Feb 1, 2016 • 16 min
Could you have LTE-U deployed anywhere just like Wi-Fi? We all love Wi-Fi, right? I am a huge fan of Wi-Fi, mainly because it’s mostly free and available almost anywhere. We all love the bandwidth when it’s clean and has a good connection. We can install…
The Business of Sprint Densification - Wade4Wireless BlogCast
Jan 28, 2016 • 29 min
In the past 2 weeks we all are reading about Sprint. I have to tell you, it’s like a soap opera listening to these guys. Here is a company that appears to have real problems. They had an earnings call and the fact that they said “the sky is not falling”…
NATE Unite (And a note about STAC) - Wade4Wireless BlogCast
Jan 25, 2016 • 10 min
The NATE Unite conference is coming up soon, so who is going? I am! That’s right, I plan to go this year so if you think you will be there and you want to talk, let me know. I will be there to walk the exhibit floor, map found here, to meet and greet…
FirstNet RFP, Deploy if you Dare! - Wade4Wireless BlogCast
Jan 21, 2016 • 15 min
The FirstNet RFP was released! Can you believe it? I started working on this back in 2011 making material for the pending RFP, and here it is in 2016. I was so excited until I looked at all of the documentation, wow! There is so much. However, I am not…
Will Sprint Shine or Fade? - Wade4Wireless BlogCast
Jan 18, 2016 • 14 min
I believe most of you see that Sprint has been an interesting story, but the real question is will they shine or fade. Sprint has made a lot of moves only to see their subscriber base shrink. They have done a so-so job marketing and their network has some…
FCC and DOL Safety Review - Wade4Wireless BlogCast
Jan 14, 2016 • 9 min
There is a great effort in its second year, put together by the FCC and DOL to align safety nationwide in the tower industry. They have collaborated to create TIRAP, an apprenticeship training program similar to what unions and utilities use in other…
2016 WD4Cast - Wade4Wireless BlogCast
Jan 11, 2016 • 23 min
The 2016 Wireless Deployment Forecast Edition! OK, so I thought it would be nice to see where we think the deployment industry will go in 2016. So I look at this as the Wireless Deployment Forecast, WD4Cast. What is happening with small cells, DAS, the…
Small Cell Installation Checklist - Wade4Wireless BlogCast
Jan 4, 2016 • 23 min
For all of you that want do small cell installations for the carriers, this may help you along. Let’s start with a high level checklist to verify the steps before doing any installations. I have more detail in the podcast. Quick high level checklist: *…
How to Finance DAS Systems - Wade4Wireless BlogCast
Dec 28, 2015 • 11 min
What if I gave you a way to remove an obstacle in deploying DAS systems? When selling DAS, usually the price can be in the way, even though you offer your best price, you may need a way to help the customer pay for it. Maybe this will help you move ahead…
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! - Wade4Wireless BlogCast
Dec 24, 2015 • 1 min
Happy Holidays my friends. I appreciate all of you that supported me throughout the years. I appreciate you more than you know. I thank GOD for having such a good crew following me. I really appreciate the support. Thank you! I work hard for all of you…
Tower Safety & Instruction - Wade4Wireless BlogCast
Dec 21, 2015 • 19 min
Tower Safety graduates could get a tablet with all of my books on it! Find out more below. Tower Safety and Instruction, how often do you hear that as a sales pitch? Well, you know you need it to work in this industry. Even with NATE pushing NWSA…
New Hampshire in or out of FirstNet - Wade4Wireless BlogCast
Dec 18, 2015 • 12 min
Hello FirstNet fans! Guess what, a precursor to the dreaded FirstNet RFP! In case you didn’t see it, the state of New Hampshire issued a FirstNet RFP, (Request for Proposal) for a FirstNet system. The PDF link is here for all of you to see and yes, it is…
Sprint has a Small Cell Plan! - Wade4Wireless BlogCast
Dec 17, 2015 • 14 min
Sprint is showing signs of life in the deployment world, can you believe it? They seem to be moving ahead, mostly through Mobilitie! This is great news. I have been learning more and more on this and I thought I would share. Sprint is pushing for a way to…
1099 Worker or W2 Employee - Wade4Wireless BlogCast
Dec 14, 2015 • 23 min
I don’t know how many of you are 1099 workers or W2 employees or hire them, but I want you to be aware of a few things. This is to help you out whether you run a business or if you are the worker. I would like to thank Lisa Hudspeth, Human Resource…
Maybe Sprint is moving ahead! - Wade4Wireless BlogCast
Dec 10, 2015 • 20 min
I got an email, also seen here, from Telecom Careers telling me that Mobilitie is looking for several positions! I have them listed below but could this mean that perhaps the Sprint Densification plan is going to move ahead? I hope so. I mean look at the…
Sprint versus T-Mobile - Wade4Wireless BlogCast
Dec 7, 2015 • 16 min
If anyone is following the battle for #3 you see that T-Mobile got the position. Can they hold it? Who is going to make the long-term difference? Let me tell you what I see from a deployment stance. Don’t get me wrong, the marketing plays a big part. I…
LTE MIMO Deployment Notes - Wade4Wireless BlogCast
Dec 3, 2015 • 15 min
I found a video that is interesting, if you are into massive MIMO, which is being proposed for outdoor work. I think this is interesting because Professor Dr. Wolfgang Utschick talks about how MIMO works. He gives a long and detail explanation (snooze). I…
Dedicated DAS Spectrum? - Wade4Wireless BlogCast
Nov 30, 2015 • 13 min
I know what you’re thinking, DAS spectrum is not dedicated, but what if it were? Now that the carriers don’t want to pay for a shared DAS system in venues, we should come up with alternatives to getting them into large venues. DAS is needed in the…
The Wireless Job Search Helper! - Wade4Wireless BlogCast
Nov 26, 2015 • 12 min
Happy Thanksgiving USA! I am thankful that I get 2 days off for this, how great is that? I worked through enough holidays to thank GOD that I have 2 days off. Yes, as I get older I really appreciate my time off so that I can create this content for you.…
Who will Bid on FirstNet? - Wade4Wireless BlogCast
Nov 23, 2015 • 20 min
That’s right, with the RFP coming out in December, probably on 12/31/2015. We are all anticipating the release. For so many reasons. Who will bid on it? Who will risk it? Who will take a chance on building the nationwide LTE system for public safety? Is…
Free the LTE Indoor Small Cells! - Wade4Wireless BlogCast
Nov 19, 2015 • 27 min
Attention carriers, free the indoor LTE indoor small cells so that they can be deployed with iDAS! This is specifically for the enterprise and building coverage, since you already freed the small femto cells. You are the ones holding the industry back,…
What Happened to Ernie? - Wade4Wireless BlogCast
Nov 16, 2015 • 17 min
This is not a happy story, only read this if you are prepared. How could a guy that is highly respected, an icon in the communications and broadcast tower industry have a fatal accident? How could this happen? I am trying to figure this out. I spoke with…
Chasing Dreams: The Flum Family - Wade4Wireless BlogCast
Nov 14, 2015 • 3 min
I was told about a young guy that is trying to be a rapper. Common story, right? Well, this guy, Kevin Flum, is 20 and he is the cousin of a climber, Trevor Flum, who died last year when he was hit by a drowsy driver while working in Oklahoma City. Trevor…
Wireless Deployment Handbook for LTE Small Cells and DAS - Wade4Wireless BlogCast
Nov 12, 2015 • 6 min
I get asked questions about small cell deployments all the time. The first question is “how can I do the deployments?” and the second question is, “how can we deploy small cells and DAS systems efficiently for less money?” Most people don’t know the end…
TFF: Don’t blame, don’t judge, just help! - Wade4Wireless BlogCast
Nov 9, 2015 • 8 min
There is the reality that tower climbers die on the job. Like it or not, this is part of the job. There are many reasons, stupidity, faulty equipment, and freak accidents. It happens. The Tower Family Foundation, (TFF), is there. They are the group…
Prove You’re Certified! - Wade4Wireless BlogCast
Nov 5, 2015 • 12 min
Hey, do you know if your certifications are up to date? You know, your certifications, your credentials, your licenses, your hall-pass! What about all the field guys? Which credentials? Well, for most of you, it may be tower training and rescue…
When a Climber Falls, Who Cries? - Wade4Wireless BlogCast
Nov 2, 2015 • 11 min
When a climber falls, who hears the cries? First the coworkers, the people on the scene who work with this person every day, then the foreman or boss who has to inform the family. Then the family. While the company suffers, it does not compare to the…
Happy Halloween To Sprint Workers! - Wade4Wireless BlogCast
Oct 31, 2015 • 15 min
What a scare the Sprint employees got! They found out that after working so hard for this company that has been in turmoil for years that they will probably get laid off in January with a lesser severance than expected. Hey, in all honesty it’s better…
What is Carrier Optimization? - Wade4Wireless BlogCast
Oct 27, 2015 • 9 min
I think that we often overlook one of the most important steps in deployment. The optimization process. This team finds more problems in the network than you realize to make it a better operating network. They find all the deployment problems that…