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FirstNet Network Puzzle Solved!

Monday, October 6th, 2014

Having spent almost all of 2013 as the network procurement lead at FirstNet, I became both an avid supporter of the FirstNet mission and humbled by the complex environment in which FirstNet must succeed.  With almost a year to reflect on the situation and assessing emerging technologies, I am ready to provide the Dolislager Plan for FirstNet. Let’s start with the problem.  How does FirstNet quickly provide a nationwide, interoperable, self-sustaining wireless network with its only…

A Bold Small Cell Prediction

Monday, February 10th, 2014

For the third year in a row, it looks like next year will be “the year” for small cells.  That is not to say that small cells are not being deployed now.  There has been a proliferation of small cell applications like DAS, oDAS, and femto cells for years now.  What we have not seen is a deliberate use by wireless carriers of small cells as a substitute for macro cell sites. What is holding the…

Tower Crews Experience Unprecedented Demand

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

Just when the wireless industry breathed a collective sigh of relief as AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint finally kicked off their LTE projects, a new problem arose. There are too few tower crews and too many carriers needing their services. What had been a fair $15,000 installation project is now costing $22K up to $30K in some markets. Even companies willing to pay the higher rates cannot find crews available. What are the factors driving this low…

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