Department of General Services, Agile Network Builders Announce Statewide Effort to Enhance Telecommunications Infrastructure in Pennsylvania

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New Wireless Infrastructure Program to generate revenue, position Commonwealth for 5G and critical future technologies

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“This is an important and proactive step in an on-going effort to ensure all residents, in every part of the state, have better access to wireless services,” Agile Network Builders President Kyle Quillen

The Pennsylvania Department of General Services and Agile Network Builders, LLC (“Agile”) today announced a partnership to rent excess and underutilized wireless capacity on towers, land, and assets owned by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The newly established Office of Enterprise Wireless Management and Agile will enhance telecommunications systems, consolidate the management of wireless assets, and generate revenue for the State.

Agile is an operating entity owned by InSite Wireless Group, LLC (“InSite”), an owner, developer, operator, and manager of telecommunication towers and in-building Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) throughout the United States. Agile is experienced in utilizing municipal and state-owned vertical infrastructure and leveraging the latest in wireless fiber and wireless technologies to provide creative connectivity solutions to residential, business, and governmental entities.

“We realize the revenue-generating opportunity the Commonwealth has in renting excess space on communications towers and assets to third-party wireless providers,” Pennsylvania Department of General Services Secretary Curt Topper said. “In addition to creating a revenue stream, we have the opportunity to contribute to more accessible and reliable wireless coverage across the Commonwealth.”

The new Office of Enterprise Wireless Management will ensure Pennsylvania is maximizing critical infrastructure assets and is well positioned for new technologies such as Fifth Generation, or 5G, cellular network technology. Based on studies, the adoption of 5G will likely prompt the installation of over 25,000 small cell devices across the State. This new market segment has a robust projected total value and Commonwealth-owned assets will have the opportunity to attract a sizable portion of this investment based on the strategic partnership with Agile Network Builders.

The process of marketing preexisting space on State-owned towers and telecommunications assets also will streamline the process of locating broadband equipment on assets across Pennsylvania. This market-based initiative will lower barriers to entry for all market participants and may further promote broadband expansion using those towers and telecommunication assets located in remote and rural areas.

“This development by the leadership in Pennsylvania is an important and proactive step in an on-going effort to ensure all residents, in every part of the state, have better access to wireless services,” Agile Network Builders President Kyle Quillen said. “We’re excited to partner with DGS and the Office of Enterprise Wireless Management to utilize our expertise in municipal and government telecommunications, ensuring the right solutions are implemented in markets across the state.”

“Combining the resources of the Office of Enterprise Wireless Management and Agile will deliver great value and position Pennsylvania for an ultra-modern telecommunications network,” InSite CEO David Weisman said. “This partnership comes at an opportune time as Agile recently joined the InSite family of companies, securing an even greater depth of resources and expertise that allow us to implement robust government programs and building broader, more sustainable wireless access for people across the state.”

The creation of the Office of Enterprise Wireless Management is the result of a 2016 study by the Wolf Administration and a Pennsylvania research-university that reviewed the State’s wireless communications infrastructure and benchmarked the value of excess and underutilized wireless capacity on those assets to serve as a viable new revenue stream for Pennsylvania.

About Agile Networks
Agile Networks is a provider of hybrid fiber wireless broadband data networks, supplying connectivity to empower customers and transform organizations. Agile Networks’ hybrid network – The Agile Network –utilizes vertical infrastructure along with the latest in fiber-optic and wireless technologies to provide data solutions. Engineered to the stringent specifications required to support public safety, The Agile Network boasts carrier grade performance and the security required by public safety agencies. Agile’s Last-Mile Agility makes delivering solutions to rural areas just as feasible as major cities. More information can be found at http://www.agilenetworks.com.

About InSite Wireless Group, LLC
InSite Wireless Group, LLC develops, owns, operates and manages communications wireless infrastructure facilities primarily for the wireless and broadcast industries. InSite’s tower division develops, manages, owns, and operates more than 2,400 telecommunications towers and sites for wireless carriers, broadcasters and other users across the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada, and Australia. InSite’s distributed antenna system (DAS) and small cell division specializes in the design, installation, operation, and maintenance of shared wireless infrastructure solutions that enhance the quality and capacity of wireless voice and data services in public facilities and complex environments. InSite has developed and currently operates more than 60+ DAS projects across the United States in convention centers, hotels and casinos, office buildings, airports, sports stadiums, and transit systems such as the Boston MBTA Subway, the Atlanta metro (MARTA) and the Los Angeles County Metro. InSite also owns Lease Advisors, one of the leading land-under-cell-tower acquisition companies in the United States. More information on InSite's business can be found at http://www.insitewireless.com

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