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Hurricane Season is Here: Are You Ready? By Leticia Latino-van Splunteren Here we are, a month into 2018 hurricane season, and we have already seen storm activity. If 2018 is anything like 2017, we should brace ourselves. It is hard to imagine that this season could be worse than last season, which was unprecedented in the massive destru...
The demand for in-building connectivity is growing each day as people use their mobile devices for everything from basic voice to streaming movies, and an increasing number of devices, appliances and applications rely on wireless networks to work. Both the Internet of Things and mobile edge computin...
5G and Wireless Site Safety Training Courses Available at Connectivity Expo Two highly requested training courses provided by WIA’s Telecommunications Education Center (TEC) will be available during Connectivity Expo later this month in Charlotte. The courses are ideal for those who want to add to their professional skills or train their workforce for the changing needs of ...
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As the wireless industry moves closer and closer to 5G, the landscape of infrastructure and wireless networks is changing. The growing appetite for mobile data is necessitating deployment of smaller cells that address not only coverage but also capacity. Small cells, distributed antenna systems and ...
Wireless Infrastructure Evolves as Industry Moves Toward 5G Macro cells have been the stable backbone of the wireless industry for decades, and they will continue to provide the essential backbone for wireless connectivity as networks evolve to support increased data consumption and the Internet of things. Fifth-generation technology will introduce a paradig...
From Self-Driving Cars to Traffic Control, Connected Vehicles Offer Intriguing Possibilities Connecting vehicles to infrastructure, other vehicles, networks and even pedestrians is one of the most intriguing developments in the wireless industry today. The prospect of autonomous vehicles has captured the attention of not only the wireless industry, but also car makers, ride-sharing companie...
The business case for private LTE networks is developing for enterprises as well as rural carriers and wireless internet service providers. Enterprises in several large industries, from health care to manufacturing and transportation hubs, often want to control their own wireless networks to ensure...
Momentum around smart and connected communities is growing as municipalities and government agencies are starting to seriously consider the ways connectivity can improve efficiency in their operations and ultimately save money. But how to leverage existing assets and access capital to build out smar...

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The HetNet Forum welcomes new member Comba Telecom Inc. Based in San Jose, California, Comba Telecom Inc. is a subsidiary of Comba Telecom Systems Holdings Ltd., a $700 million publicly traded company that supplies RF communications solutions and equipment to the wireless industry. With R&D inn...
Developments at the Federal Communications Commission, Congress and the White House could have a dramatic impact on the wireless industry as networks evolve to 5G and connected smart-city applications emerge. The City Networks Task Force, a joint venture of the Wireless Infrastructure Association (...

b2ap3_thumbnail_MWC.jpgThe wireless industry converged in Barcelona this week for Mobile World Congress 2018, where the latest and greatest phones, gadgets, solutions and applications made their debut. Among the buzz at the conference that annually draws more than 100,000 attendees were announcements from vendors and infrastructure companies about DAS solutions, virtualization and smart city applications.

AGL Media Group and RCR Wireless News both covered infrastructure news emerging from the show. Following are some of the announcements from WIA member companies at Mobile World Congress.

SOLiD GENESIS DAS

SOLiD introduced its compact, 5G-ready GENESIS DAS to meet the needs of the middleprise and other large venues, such as airports, subways and stadiums. GENESIS DAS delivers an enterprise-ready solution that can be used out of the box and provides support for structured cabling solutions to reduce installation time and costs. In addition, the solution provides support for either GENESIS RAX as a signal source or other industry standard in-building signal source platforms and a clear upgrade path for existing customers with the remote radio and amplifier units being compatible with the legacy SOLiD ALLIANCE platform.

“For the middleprise to overcome current in-building wireless challenges it’s important to deliver innovative, low cost, and structured cabling supported solutions that are enterprise-ready,” said Dr. Seung Hee Lee, SOLiD’s CEO. “That is exactly why we developed the GENESIS DAS — to provide the middleprise with a solution that is ready to use right out of the box, supports structured cabling common in enterprises, and provides investment protection.”

For more information on the SOLiD GENESIS platform, visit www.solid.com/genesis.html

CommScope Era

CommScope showcased its next-generation in-building platform, CommScope Era, an all-digital C-RAN antenna system that leverages wireless operators’ initiatives to centralize and virtualize baseband radio assets. Era enables operators to deploy a centralized headend that serves multiple buildings, or even to tap capacity from the operator’s existing centralized radio access network (C-RAN) hubs. Era’s innovative Wide-area Integration Node (WIN) resides in the C-RAN hub and routes baseband capacity to a distribution point within the served building or campus. Era allocates baseband capacity where it is needed while reducing the amount of onsite head-end equipment and the amount of fiber needed for signal transport by up to 90 percent.

Thirty years ago, wireless infrastructure was fairly simple. A single large tower served the users within its area or cell. These cells were replicated in a honeycomb-like architecture to create a wireless network. As users moved around, their calls were handed off between these cells. Since then, ...
Ford recently filed a patent application with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office for an autonomous police vehicle that can detect traffic violations, pursue vehicles, capture license-plate images, and establish wireless communication with other vehicles, according to an article published by Insi...
When the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles take the field Feb. 4 for Super Bowl LII, wireless infrastructure will also be in the spotlight as nearly 50,000 fans inside U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis and an expected 1 million visitors expected to converge in the area use their phones...
How Wireless Technologies can Impact Rural Broadband The digital divide between rural and urban areas is well known and documented, and is at risk of becoming a wider gap going forward. Data shows that unemployment is higher where broadband adoption is lowest. Household income suffers, along with education rates. Through the years, the federal govern...
The Wireless Infrastructure Association (WIA) issued the following statement from Jonathan Adelstein, President and CEO of WIA, regarding President Trump’s remarks Monday, Jan. 8, 2017, calling for an acceleration of access to mobile broadband in rural communities. “The wireless infrastructure indu...
The Wireless Infrastructure Association (WIA) applauded the unanimous decision by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to request that the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) adopt the Twilight Towers Draft Program Comment. Twilight Towers are a group of macro communications tow...
Anyone in the wireless sector understands how critical good workforce development programs are to the success and growth of a business. Without the latest and greatest training, companies and their workforces may be bypassed with it comes to the eventual roll out of new mobile networks. 5G, accordi...

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Rohde & Schwarz has joined the HetNet Forum. For more than 80 years, Rohde & Schwarz has stood for quality, precision and innovation in all fields of wireless communications. The company offers a complete test and measurement portfolio for the wireless market. Rohde & Schwarz soluti...

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Lumos Networks recently joined the HetNet Forum. Welcome aboard! Lumos Networks is a leading fiber-based service provider in the Mid-Atlantic region serving Carrier, Enterprise and Data Center customers, offering end-to-end connectivity in 26 markets in Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, Penn...