We are building more towers today than we’ve ever built in the five years that I have been here at American Tower - Steven Marshall, President of US Division
Austin, TX (PRWEB) August 26, 2014
Wireless operators keep pace with the relentless demand for mobile data by relying on teams of contractors and subcontractors to build and upgrade network infrastructure. Each of the major U.S. carriers approaches deployments differently, with some managing the process market by market and others outsourcing multi-state deployments to third party contractors. This newly released report, entitled 'Building Connections: Wireless Infrastructure Service Company Review,’ includes interviews with industry thought leaders from SBA Communications, American Tower, Verticom, and The National Association of Tower Erectors to gain insight.
This report outlines different carrier approaches to deployment, with special emphasis on AT&T’s “turf vendor” program. Other key topics discussed include shifts in carrier spending, structural integrity of towers, climber safety and supply chain management.
- Which companies are considered active “turf vendors” now
- Which companies are part of AT&T’s Tower Crew Augmentation Program
- What the tower industry is doing now to protect climbers.
- What tower company executives are saying about the outlook for new builds and capacity upgrades
- Why carriers are choosing to work with contractors who can “self-perform”
- Which companies have merged or been acquired this year
In addition to the topics above, this report examines the emerging opportunity represented by distributed antenna systems (DAS) and small cells. Infrastructure service providers are reconfiguring crews and looking for new skill sets in order to tap into these growing markets.
DAS and small cell deployments can require an intimate knowledge of local resources and local connectivity. Many infrastructure service providers have already spent years developing local contacts and connections in many parts of the country to facilitate macro cell deployments.
“Technology is a big part of the story, but it also takes the right people to make things happen on schedule,” said Martha DeGrasse, editor at RCR Wireless News and author of the report. “Infrastructure service providers have learned to work closely with local leaders through the site acquisition process, and these skills will serve them well as they take on DAS and small cell deployments, as well as fiber-to-the-home projects.”
This RCR Wireless News Infrastructure Series Feature Report is accompanied by a complimentary webinar, featuring:
- Analyst Aaron Blazar, vp at ACM-ATLANTIC
- Marc Bolick, vice president of program management at BlueStream Professional Services
- Paul Harris, CEO, Global Network Recruiters of Blackhawk
- Martha DeGrasse, editor, RCR Wireless News
About RCR Wireless News
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