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Big Ideas Spur Evolution and Revolution

By Mike Collado
May 4th, 2015

IMG_0997 14Last week’s Wireless Infrastructure Show continued – no, blew the roof off – the recent trend of events focused on forward-looking ideas and initiatives.

(See our last post for insights from the NEDAS “Peering into the Future” themed conference and the HetNetForum‘s “The Wireless Technology Roadmap: A Trip into the Future” panel at the ACUTA Annual Conference.)

Unlike more narrowly focused industry events, the PCIA conference is broad in scope and serves up big ideas around things such as:

  • Creating the Wireless Workforce of the Future
  • Expanding Human Possibilities through Cellular Technology
  • Empowering Public Safety
  • Densifying the Wireless Network Indoors, in Urban Areas and Rural Areas
  • Enabling Smart Buildings

All of which informs that big ideas require evolutionary and revolutionary change.

Certainly the technology is changing. Panels were filled with a  steady diet of LTE-U, 5G, virtualization, C-RAN, Digital DAS, Small Cells and WiFi.

Perhaps, more importantly, presenters repeatedly demonstrated that business models must also change, such as:

  • Workforce Training
  • Public-Safety Initiatives
  • Sharing of In-Building Costs
  • Development of Repeatable Processes for Small Cell Deployment
  • (Re-) Alignment of the Wireless Ecosystem Stakeholders

The wireless industry is innovating at a furious pace. It will be interesting to continue to observe.

Check out our tweets from the event!




Creating the Wireless Workforce of the Future Panel



Chris Stark (Nokia) Keynote



Big Ideas from Nokia Keynote



Nokia Keynote: Need for New Technology & Business Models



FirstNet’s Ed Parkinson



Proud to Sponsor the Wireless Infrastructure Show



Early Risers for the HetNet Forum’s Annual Breakfast Meeting



Mike and Lori from Hutton Communications (SOLiD Partner)



Eric from Graybar (SOLiD Partner)


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Tearing it up at the PCIA Golf Outing: Brook Bascom (Smartlink, WWLF), Tim House (PCIA), Jason Nelson (FierceMarkets) and Mike Collado (SOLiD)


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En route to the 19th Hole



Great Day on the Links!


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Wildlife on the golf course!



Venue for the President’s Reception



Jonathan Adelstein Kicks Things Off at the Gala



Packed Crowd for the Gala



Playing for the Crowd!



Capacity, Convergence & Public-Safety at 2013 Wireless Infrastructure Show

By Mike Collado
October 13th, 2013

PCIA's Jonathan Adelstein

Perhaps no phrase better sums up the state of the wireless industry than Jonathan Adelstein’s (President and CEO at PCIA) declaration,  “You’re at the right place at the right time” in his opening remarks during the first day keynote sessions at the 2013 Wireless Infrastructure Show.

Think about it…

There’s the “Capacity Tsunami” to which Stephen Bye (CTO and SVP of Technology Development & Corporate Strategy at Sprint) poignantly noted in his keynote address, “Every capacity prediction is wrong.”

(See Sprint’s Vision of a Connected Mobile Lifestyle video from the keynote presentation and our blog posts on the capacity hockey stick here and here.)

You’ve got the “Densification Debate” which, according to Nick Hulse (President at Boingo Wireless), is solved through layered architectures, not a single solution. In other words, Het-Nets, where it’s not the winner-take-all choice between Small Cells, DAS or Wi-Fi as some have suggested but, instead, choosing the right tool for the right job.

(See our blog post on densification here)

And, finally, there is the challenge of ensuring the safety of both the general public and first responders through a high-speed, nationwide network dedicated to public-safety. While the $7 billion appropriated to build the network seems like a ton of money, it’s sobering to understand that wireless operators invest multiples of that sum to maintain their networks. As FirstNet General Manager Bill D’Agostino shared in his keynote, achieving the vision of FirstNet requires a balance between public and private partnership.

(See our recent public-safety videos here, here, here and here)

These are big problems to be solved and we wholeheartedly agree with Jonathan that it is an exciting time to be in the wireless industry!

As we’ve come to expect, the Wireless Infrastructure Show provided an ideal backdrop for both reengaging with customers and partners and initiating new relationships.

Throughout each day and late into the evenings, the lobby area buzzed with meetings. The receptions were packed including the Opening Reception (featuring a salsa band, Latin dancers and cigars hand-rolled on the balcony), the President’s Reception (aboard the Caprice at Diplomat Landing) and Gala (which went strong ’til midnight).

Kudos to PCIA for also including ancillary topics on the agenda including “The Connected Car” (which became jokingly referred to as “The Connected Bar” by our friend Kevin Swank) and “Opportunities in Rail Transportation” (where we joined our customer Bill Bayne at Transit Wireless and long-lost pal Ed Myers) to explore a mash-up of both above and below-ground opportunities in wireless. We strongly believe that tackling topics within other industry sandboxes provides significant value for wireless conference participants.

For more on the 2013 Wireless Infrastructure Show:


Beach at Westin Diplomat - Site of 2013 Wireless Infrastructure Show


It was an early start for the HetNet Forum Breakfast & Annual Meeting


Sprint's Stephen Bye Keynote Presentation


Boingo's Nick Hulse Keynote Presentation


AT&T's Project VIP Plans


Opening Reception


All Aboard! Opportunities in Rail Transportation Panel with Paul Kirby (TR Daily), Ed Myers (Parallel Infrastructure), Bill Bayne (Transit Wireless) & Dennis Rigney (SOLiD)


Evolution of DAS Panel with Dan Meyer (RCR), Jim Parker (AT&T), Ken Sandfeld (SOLiD), Greg Jacobs (Connectivity Wireless), Patrick Lau (CommScope) & Doug Lodder (Boingo)


Dennis Rigney chats with RCR Wireless about the deployment of SOLiD DAS solutions at Daytona International Speedway


Ken Sandfeld shares SOLiD's vision for the Evolution of Indoor & Outdoor DAS with RCR Wireless' Jeff Mucci

The Experts Weigh-In on Public-Safety – Part IV

By Mike Collado
October 4th, 2013

What is a Safer Building?

We believe it means having an in-building wireless communications network to enable the general public to be notified when there is an emergency and to be able to communicate with the outside world including emergency, police and fire. It also means that first responder radio systems work when they arrive at the emergency site.

So what’s holding back this vision?

Funding and liability issues appear to be the key impediments.

We find that adding public-safety to a cellular Distributed Antenna System (DAS) is – all things considered – a nominal incremental cost in the 10% ballpark.

Liability is trickier because it potentially touches multiple stakeholders including the building owner, the DAS owner, the carrier and the Integrator who installed the system and likely maintains it as well.

In our final installment of video interviews from the APCO International 79th Annual Conference & Expo (APCO 2013) with TIA NOW anchor Abe Nejad, SOLiD’s President and Founder of the Safer Buildings CoalitionSeth Buechley – wrestles with the how to overcome these impediments.

Namely, the need for industry standards or best-practices for those who design, install, manage and maintain these mission-critical unified in-building networks.



Be sure to also watch the videos featuring our APCO panel of experts who graciously shared their strategies for applying wireless technology to ensure in-building communications for the public and first responders:

Jonathan Adelstein (PCIA and former Commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission).

Robert LeGrande (The Digital Decision and former Chief Technology Officer of the District of Columbia).

James Teel (Harris Corporation).

The Experts Weigh-In on Public-Safety – Part III

By Mike Collado
October 3rd, 2013

As most of us know, there’s been a shift in emphasis within the cellular world from solving the problem of coverage to solving the problem of capacity driven by users who increasingly consume more bandwidth through data-intensive applications and devices having bigger screens.

It’s predicted the same trend will occur in public-safety: the demand for capacity will increase as public-safety becomes more reliant upon broadband applications such as video.

And – like cellular – the same capabilities delivered outdoors via the macro or terrestrial network will be expected indoors.

The industry experts who participated on our panel sessions at the recent APCO International 79th Annual Conference & Expo (APCO 2013) agreed to share with TIA NOW anchor Abe Nejad strategies for applying wireless technology to ensure in-building communications for the public and first responders.

We heard from Jonathan Adelstein (PCIA and former Commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission) on the need for model standards for those who install and manage mission-critical public-safety DAS networks.

Robert LeGrande (The Digital Decision and former Chief Technology Officer of the District of Columbia) explored the importance of the business model to not only fund the deployment of public-safety DAS networks but maintain them.

Today, James Teel of Harris Corporation discusses the characteristics the FirstNet broadband public-safety network must address to be considered “public-safety-grade” and how those same standards must be met by the in-building network to support first responders.



We’ll wrap up our series tomorrow with an interview with Seth Buechley, SOLiD’s President and Founder of the Safer Buildings Coalition to hear how industry stakeholders including building owners, carriers and Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) and industry groups and associations must come together to wrestle with the issues to make buildings safer by ensuring public-safety communications indoors.