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On The Road Again

By Mike Collado
February 17th, 2015

IMG_0430To quote Big & Rich: Well we’re comin’ to your city…

(Or at least likely nearby!)

One of the things that energizes us the most is getting into the marketplace to meet with buyers and partners and to share thought leadership.

5G comes with the promise of fiber-like speeds. It also comes with the opportunity for new market leadership because infrastructure must be overhauled to accommodate capacity.

Needless to say, it’s going to be a wild ride.

Which is why events will remain an important and relevant vehicle to debate densification strategies and technologies.

For the latest listing of SOLiD events, please visit our website.

Here’s our calendar to-date:


agl_newAGL Regional Conference
2/18 – 2/18
Long Beach
Panelist: “Case Studies in Small Cells and DAS”

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3/22 – 3/26
Exhibitor (Graybar)
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3/2 – 3/5
Exhibitor: Hall 6, Stand L41
Presenter: “The Densification Toolkit Evolution & Revolution” & “Getting Clarity on Cloud-RAN”

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3/9 – 3/13
Sponsor / Trainer / Exhibitor
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3/16 – 3/20
Las Vegas
Exhibitor (Hutton Communications, Booth #620)
Panelist: “Introduction to HetNets and Small Cells” & “A Study of In-Building Wireless”
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3/31 – 3/31
New York
Annual Sponsor / Exhibitor
Panelist: “DAS & WiFi – A Symbiotic Relationship”
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4/19 – 4/20
Panelist: “The Wireless Technology Roadmap: A Trip Into the Future”
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4/27 – 4/30
Hollywood, FL
Tee Box Sponsor: 11th Annual PCIA Golf Outing
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6/8 – 6/10/2015
New Orleans
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6/9 – 6/11

The Dog Days of Summer… Not!

By Mike Collado
July 18th, 2013

Long hot days, the beach, the All-Star Game…

It’s summertime!

In spite of the dog days of summer, we’re in full-stride at SOLiD propelled by our record-breaking 2012 year and focused on executing our 2013 gameplan.

Don’t worry, our team members are taking some well-deserved time off at some awesome vacation destinations to recharge and close out the year strong (stay tuned for summer vacation photos).

So in following with the example set by America’s Past Time of pausing, reflecting and looking forward at the halfway point of the season, we’re doing same in this post.

Tempus Fugit

It seems that only yesterday we embarked upon some bold initiatives for 2013.

So far this year, we’ve achieved the equivalent of a Grand Slam: SOLiD now provides DAS solutions at stadiums within the NFL, MLB, NBA, NASCAR and MLS. We’re also delivering wireless within an enviable list of NCAA College Football stadiums. What’s next… Cricket, anyone?

You think stadiums are challenging? Try subways. This April, we joined New York dignitaries and wireless executives to celebrate the Phase I launch of cellular and Wi-Fi service in the New York City Subway which runs on SOLiD. Even Michael Bublé got in on the celebration!

Innovation is a key part of our DNA. Recent product and solution initiatives include our battle-tested fiber backhaul solution for the wide-scale deployment of Small Cells and our GameChanger carrier-class Wi-Fi delivery infrastructure. We also launched the SOLiD Link Balancer Unit (LBU) “DAS Tray” and EXPRESS PS single DAS system for public-safety.

But great products and solutions are only part of a full equation. We’ve built a Professional Services organization to add a little muscle when-needed to help our partners and customers implement and manage their SOLiD DAS network. After all, who knows SOLiD gear better than us?

Another core component of SOLiD is Leadership. Passive InterModulation or PIM is arguably our industry’s biggest challenge and we’ve presented best-practices for addressing this at industry events and webinars. We’ve similarly continued to advance the mission of the Safer Buildings Coalition which seeks to ensure that people inside buildings are notified when there is an emergency and that both people and first responders can communicate using cellular and public-safety devices.

Lastly, we completed our move into our new U.S. Headquarters. Our new address increases warehouse and logistical space threefold, houses SOLiD’s live demonstration showcase and SOLiD University™ training classroom, and is the nerve center for our state of the art Network Operations Center (NOC).

In the News

  • Seth Buechley dishes with TIA NOW anchor Abe Nejad at CTIA on the convergence of cellular, public-safety and Wi-Fi and shares how these services are being deployed.
  • Ken Sandfeld shares with RCR Wireless Editor Jeff Mucci why a scalable fiber infrastructure is needed for future-proof wireless networks having low TCO.

Upcoming Events

A SOLiD (and Busy) Event Calendar

By Mike Collado
March 21st, 2013

Photo: agagen

The 2013 Industry Trade Show Season for SOLiD has started with a bang!

We’ve already racked up frequent flier miles in participating at Mobile World Congress (where we launched the GameChanger “Neutral-Host WiFi Offload solution with partner Stoke), the HTNG North American Conference (where hoteliers validated our Next-Generation Passive Optical LAN Fiber-to-the-Room solution as an emerging technology), HIMSS (laissez les bon temps roulez!) and IWCE (where SOLiD president and Safer Buildings Coalition founder Seth Buechley presented on solving the problem of public-safety radio coverage inside buildings and SOLiD-certified partner Tempest Telecom showcased the EXPRESS PS DAS with single system support for 700/800/UHF/VHF public-safety).

And to think it’s only March!

We’ve got a full calendar for the foreseeable future and look forward to seeing you out and about:

NYC In-Building Wireless Conference

SOLiD’s Dennis Rigney presents on the “New York City Subways Case Study: The World’s Largest Subway DAS + WiFi Network” panel. And Safer Buildings Coalition member Phil Ziegler presents on the “Public Safety and E911 Indoor Location Accuracy: The Ability to Locate Mobile Callers During An Emergency” panel.


SOLiD returns to IBTUF-7 with an expanded portfolio of solutions designed to address Verizon’s current and near-term market requirements including the TITAN™ 20W Remote DAS Unit; INFINITY ACCESS™ for Small Cell Backhaul; the GameChanger™ neutral-host Wi-Fi Offload delivery infrastructure solution for stadiums; plus other product launch initiatives.

Visit the SOLiD booth (#113/5) to see the most innovative communications solutions on the planet.

(By invitation only)


SOLiD is proud to once again sponsor the CIBET Initiative. Founded by Phil Ziegler and Patrice McCloskey, CIBET provides a foundation of knowledge to the in building RF Engineering and Project Management communities. The success and feed back from the first CIBET Initiative has resulted in an expansion of the Basic Curriculum, creating branches into either a deeper technical track or a more program management oriented track. Students who successfully complete the CIBET Certification Test earn 3 Continuing Education Units.

ACUTA Annual Conference & Exhibition

SOLiD’s Dennis Rigney joins fellow DAS Forum members Tracy Ford (DAS Forum), David Fox (American Tower) and Lorna Slott (AT&T) on the “Impacts of BYOD on Higher Education” panel to explore wireless infrastructure trends for distributed antenna systems and other small cells on college campuses.The session will also cover the various approaches to deploying a DAS, including business models, and some of the technical challenges of deploying DAS indoors and outdoors.

DAS in Action

SOLiD’s Ken Sandfeld is joined by presenters from Sprint, Boingo and Tempest Telecom on the SOLiD-sponsored panel “The Wi-Fi Factor” to explore how the role of Wi-Fi in the greater wireless network is continually changing as wireless operators embrace the technology to augment their licensed spectrum. Hear about technology advances and changing business models that help solve coverage and capacity challenges facing wireless carriers.

DAS & Small Cell Congress

SOLiD leads panel discussions on two of the hottest topics in wireless!

During “Fronthaul: The New Paradigm for Enabling the Het-Net”, SOLiD CTO Saeed Anwar is joined by SK Telecom, Ericsson and analyst iGR‘s Iain Gillot to explore how wireless operators are (and will) deploy Small Cells and Remote Radio Heads to significantly change how LTE is delivered in densely populated areas.

Next, SOLiD’s President, Seth Buechley, leads a discussion on “Bringing the Home Game Day Experience to the Stadium” which includes DAS and WiFi deployment perspectives from the viewpoints of the wireless operator, stadium owner, third-party owner and integrator.

Be sure to visit the SOLiD booth (#217) for a look at some of the coolest DAS and Small Cell gear on the planet.

CTIA Wireless 2013

Team SOLiD returns to Las Vegas to conclude the Spring 2013 Trade Show circuit with an exclamation point! We’ll showcase our INFINITY ACCESS mobile backhaul solutions at Booth #3963 in the Mobile Backhaul Pavilion.

Additionally, SOLiD’s CTO Saeed Anwar presents on Mobile Backhaul strategies and trends during the CTIA 2013 Mobile Backhaul Conference which is FREE to all registered CTIA Attendees.

Your Turn…

So what is the most important industry event you will attend in 2013?

And what is the hot topic the industry will be debating throughout the year?


SOLiD CTO Saeed Anwar at Mobile World Congress

Team SOLiD Enjoying the Paella & Sangria in Barcelona

SOLiD Fiber to the Room Solution at HTNG


SOLiD President & Safer Buildings Coalition Founder Seth Buechely at IWCE

A Look Back at 2012 & A Preview of 2013

By Mike Collado
January 14th, 2013

We hope that your 2013 is off to a great start!

At SOLiD, we’re working off the egg nog from the holiday season and starting to hit our stride in 2013.

For our first post of 2013, it seems appropriate to begin with a quick look back at 2012 and a preview of where we’re going.

Highlights & Milestones

By all accounts, 2012 was our most successful year ever:

  • SOLiD DAS solutions were selected and deployed for marquee projects including Paul Brown Stadium, Duke University, Kaiser Permanente, Denver Sheraton and the New York City Subway. 
  • SOLiD Fiber Transport solutions have been deployed in a number of projects and trials at Carriers and Dark Fiber Providers as well as Government and Education customers. 
  • Launched the TITAN 20W remote for high-capacity and large coverage spaces. 
  • Launched INFINITY ACCESS fiber transport solution for 1GE and 10GE DWDM applications and Cell Fronthaul/Backhaul, WiFi Offload and Passive Optical LAN deployments. 
  • Founded the Safer Buildings Coalition initiative which seeks to ensure coverage for public-safety communications inside buildings using DAS technology. 
  • Expanded the SOLiD team with top-notch talent to support our valued customers and partners.


In The News…

  • MissionCritical Communications featured a case study on how Cape Fear Valley Hospital supports both cellular and public-safety services on a converged DAS platform from SOLiD.


2013 Key Initiatives

  • EXPRESS PS – Based upon the EXPRESS single-carrier DAS platform, EXPRESS PS is a public-safety DAS solution designed for easy deployment to help building and venue owners meet fire codes.
  • ALLIANCE MAX – A derivative of the ALLIANCE multi-carrier DAS, ALLIANCE MAX is tailored to meet the needs of venues such as stadiums, airports and convention centers by offering more power and five module slots for support of more wireless services.
  • ALLIANCE 2.0 – Building upon the success of the industry’s best-in-class multi-carrier DAS, ALLIANCE 2.0 offers more output power, the ability to support MIMO on a single card, DIN connectors to achieve improved PIM and a new DMS that enables faster and easier provisioning.
  • Training – SOLiD is committed to the wireless industry. This includes advancing industry education and supporting professionalism throughout. SOLiD University Online provides an introduction to SOLiD DAS solutions, product components and architecture. And starting in 2013, SOLiD will offer certification courses ideally-suited for your engineers and technical professionals that combine RF fundamentals with hands-on interaction with SOLiD gear. Contact us to register for online courses or learn more about classroom offerings.
  • U.S. Headquarters – We’re moving! Our new facility will feature a training and functional product demonstration showcase as well as private meeting rooms. It will also expand our warehouse space three-fold. Conveniently located in Sunnyvale, CA, we expect to move later this quarter.
  • SOLiD Website – We will launch a new website later this quarter to feature fresh resources including solution comparison tools, case studies and videos as well as an improved Knowledge and Support Center.


2013 Events Calendar

  • IWCE – Panel: “In-Building Wireless and DAS”
  • DAS Congress – Workshop Sponsor, Panel Sponsor & Exhibitor
  • CTIA – Booth # 3963


What’s on Your Mind?

What are your key initiatives for 2013?

We always enjoy interacting with you… in-person at industry conferences and SOLiD training events as well as virtually through The Inside Story and on LinkedIn (be sure to follow us).

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