“We built a new multi-family residential building and installed an ERRCS (Emergency Responder Radio Communication System). Per the code, we had it connected to a fire alarm panel in order for the appropriate authorities to be notified in the event of a system failure. One day such a failure occurred . . .
OMAHA, NE (March 30, 2020) -- Pierson Wireless, a leader in the design, development and construction of wireless network solutions, is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic by supporting the cellular and emergency-response radio needs of local, state and federal governments, schools and healthcare organizations. As a provider of critical network . . .
Being a step ahead is important. In certain activities, it can mean the difference between receiving an award or wiping out. The next step for improvements of your property can be answered in many ways, but keeping a step ahead of your occupants is key to success. Your building is . . .
5G networks are no longer a dream of the future. 5G networks are finally here and they are delivering faster speeds with lower latency. Initial deployments are focused on macro networks but, with the exception of large sporting venues or convention centers, the timing of 5G for in-building applications is . . .
The report clearly delineates how 5G networks, AI (artificial intelligence), smart platforms and the internet of things (IoT) are going to transform the lives of citizens and businesses around the globe. KEY TAKEAWAYS: The 5G market will represent over 15% of the market by 2025 5G networks will transform people's . . .
Large-scale 5G commercial deployments are expected to begin making their way across the U.S. by 2020. Now is the time to begin preparing for the costs related to bringing in 5G in-building. It has become increasingly challenging for small to mid-size enterprises (SME) to prepare for costs associated with transitioning . . .
Multi-beam antennas are changing the way engineers design in-building wireless solutions for certain stadiums and arenas. In February, Verizon announced the use of multi-beam antennas at US Bank Stadium as a part of their Super Bowl 52 preparation. And, more recently AT&T announced the use of multi-beam antennas at Amalie . . .
Emergency “drop kits”, handsets, modems, and Internet of Things (IoT) modules are all emerging and will be available soon (if not already) for First Responders looking to utilize FirstNet. Following the recent APCO show in Las Vegas, RCR Wireless News reported several product announcements including a handset developed by Motorola . . .
AT&T said this development in Texas will be one of the first connected communities in the U.S. built from the ground up with 5G technology. AT&T announced plans for Frisco Station, a 242-acre, mixed-use development in Frisco, Texas, to deploy integrated connectivity. Frisco Station said that the development will be . . .
Even before the popularity of Unlimited Wireless plans data usage at major sports and entertainment venues over the last 5 to 10 years has grown at astonishing rates. Most of that data usage is driven by the availability of social media on handheld devices because there is an expectation that . . .
The San Francisco Giants are busily ramping up for next season with the help of an offseason experiment by AT&T, that just may change the way sports venues and carriers think about cellular deployment. A massive installation of under-seat antennas has significantly improved the cellular capacity at AT&T Park for . . .
Over time, we've come to expect fast, reliable, and secure wireless access everywhere. Wi‑Fi has steadily delivered increasing performance, and it is essential that privacy and security evolve as well to meet ongoing threats. Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Enhanced Open™ is the first in a series of programs Wi-Fi Alliance is launching . . .
On of the larger challenges that face operators today is how to cost-effectively deliver high-capacity 4G coverage, especially in densely populated indoor areas. In city centers, stadiums, and transport hubs, high numbers of end-users connecting to a network in a single location can cause a bandwidth bottleneck, slowing down traffic . . .
In the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, it became very clear that in-building communications needed to be improved upon, so as to allow high-quality communications between occupants and first responders. Accordingly, in 2009 an initial set of standards were published in both the International Fire Code (IFC), and the . . .
The standard for the next generation of Wi-Fi technology hasn’t been officially finalized. However, that hasn’t stopped chipsets, reference designs, and test equipment from making it to the market to support the transition to 802.11ax. The 802.11ax ecosystem has begun picking up steam, with products from chipsets to access points . . .
FCC commissioners initiated a proceeding to examine potential new rules that might spur greater use of the 4.9 GHz spectrum band currently dedicated to public safety. Several FCC commissioners said less than 4% of potential licenses use the 4.9 GHz band, which the FCC designated for public-safety use in 2002 and . . .
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently voted along party lines 3-2 to make it easier for operators to deploy small cell infrastructure in an effort to quicken network densification in support of 5G commercialization. This decision exempts small cell deployments from the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) and National . . .
It's simple: a modern enterprise needs in-building cellular coverage and capacity. If they don't have it, they lose out a huge market that expects it. However, for commercial real estate owners and managers, there remains a gap in market education. Not only that, but there lacks a consensus in regards . . .
In October, Harbor Research of Boulder, Colorado, published “The Private LTE Opportunity for Industrial and Commercial IoT” to explain how a new generation of wireless technology — private LTE networks — is unleashing an age of pervasive connectivity and awareness that is fostering entirely new and more efficient modes of . . .
State and County fairs appear to be in our distance future as spring emerges but to the participants and organizers, preparations are in full swing. Livestock are being groomed, concerts are being planned and recipes are being perfected all for the intended purpose of creating magical moments during the fair . . .
While virtually all cellphone users in this country are served by at least one wireless provider, there are still gaps in coverage which are to be found on the perimeters of large service areas, and in these areas, it's fairly common for users to experience less robust data speeds, possibly . . .
Despite lingering concerns about security, reliability and, yes, costs, the enterprise is still very eager to migrate workloads to the cloud. And not surprisingly, cloud providers are equally eager to take on enterprise workloads. So what’s the problem? From an operational perspective, the main stumbling block appears to be the . . .
With the 5G New Radio specification, both non-standalone and standalone variants, tracking for finalization by the end of this year and mid-2018, respectively, operators around the world are coming to grips with the crucial role of network functions virtualization (NFV) and software-defined networking (SDN). Simply put, in order for 5G . . .
T-Mobile US continues its effort to aggressively deploy its 600 MHz holdings. Following activation of rural sites in Maine and Wyoming, the carrier is now focusing its efforts on the high-value, high-density New York City metropolitan area. T-Mobile spent around $8 billion in the U.S. Federal Communications Commission auction of . . .
On October 4th, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton announced that he has accepted the nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN) deployment plan offered by FirstNet and AT&T on behalf of his state, making Minnesota the 23rd state—not including two territories—to “opt-in” to the FirstNet system. “First responders across our state risk their . . .
Internet connectivity, at its core, is a civilization changer on the same level as roadways, water systems and electric grids. It is redefining the way people interact with the world, access and share information, and improving the way we live work and play. It’s a universal, global need that supersedes . . .
Japanese mobile telephony operator SoftBank plans to work with Ericsson to conduct a joint trial of 5G in the 4.5 GHz band in dense, urban areas of Tokyo. The two companies said this 5G trial will involve two new radios, virtualized radio access network and evolved packet core RAN, beamforming, . . .
The unprecedented growth of demand for wireless data is radically reshaping the telecommunications landscape. The extraordinary thing is that despite this explosion, the likelihood is that even more dramatic growth lies ahead. Currently, advanced forms of LTE are being deployed. These will be followed by 5G, which is moving from . . .
In-building wireless is a red hot market, particularly given the shift from carrier subsidized deployments to enterprise- or neutral-host led financing models. To better enable enterprise buyers, equipment vendors are looking for ways to take cost and complexity out of DAS and small cells, the two solutions that get the . . .
Commercial Mobile Networks have been around for over thirty years. They began as simple voice networks but have evolved to sophisticated data networks where voice is but one of the many applications supported by the network. Those early voice networks were analog based: AMPS in North America, TACS/ETACS/JTACS in Europe . . .
MulteFire Alliance released version 1.0 of its specification, according to the consortium’s press release, is based on Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) releases 13 and 14. Release 1.0 enables LTE to operate in unlicensed, shared spectrum. Essentially, as I wrote last week, there are two kinds of spectrum: licensed and . . .
During 2017, the public safety industry will continue to work towards making LTE the long-term answer for emergency services communication. The U.S. has already begun planning for the introduction of LTE to deliver public safety applications, recognizing the success the technology has had for business and consumer communication. FirstNet has . . .
Cable operators will claim 10% of the U.S. wireless market by 2020, New Street Research predicted, stealing most of those customers from the biggest wireless carriers. T-Mobile and Sprint have increased their share of the U.S. mobile market in recent quarters, New Street analysts observed in a research note this . . .
In October of 2016 RCR reported FCC approval allowing Qualcomm and AT&T to test the deployment and use of drones for specific use cases. Well last month AT&T provided an update on these trials and announced the addition of “flying COWs” to their barnyard. COWs in the cellular industry often . . .
As that 5G standards are close, people must be careful about defining terms when we make an argument about 5G. When talking about the actual radio standard, it seems pretty certain 5G will be a continuation of 4G, i.e. technology purely from the cellular community. Despite some recent overtures, Wi-Fi . . .
The Small Cell Forum makes the case for using sharing models to enable enterprises to take advantage of small cells. The key to multi-operator small cells, according to the industry advocacy group, is virtualization – separating the network functions from the radio and moving management and optimization to the cloud. . . .
In a new report Ericsson predicts that North America will lead the world in 5G connections by 2022, with the region accounting for 25% of the forecast 550 million 5G connections worldwide. The Asia-Pacific region is expected to be the second fastest in terms of 5G subscription growth, accounting for 10% . . .
Drones are an amazing example of existing technology that can leverage 4G networks, and soon 5G networks, to take on a wide variety of tasks and bring new efficiencies and savings to a wide range of industries and enterprises. Qualcomm got a certification of authorization from the U.S. Federal Aviation . . .
Communication Service Providers face two daunting roadblocks before them – one social and one technical – before there’s any hope of reaching the digital service provider promised land. On the social side, they must overcome general dissatisfaction among their customer base. A recent study by Accenture and Salesforce.com found that . . .
Given the booming demand for mobile data, growing use of data-intensive applications like video and music streaming, distributed antenna systems commonly referred to as DAS are becoming increasingly important. The technology has been around for over two decades. DAS are used to deliver network coverage and capacity from the licensed wireless . . .
What's next for Stadium distributed antenna systems? A robust wireless network is important when it comes to capturing and sharing great moments. Venue owners are increasingly facing pressure from fans and attendees to have reliable wireless service. However, Wireless Service Provider (WSP) commitment to investment in DAS is not as . . .
High-rise office and residential buildings, schools, universities, healthcare facilities, and buildings between 100,000 and 500,000 square feet are being referred to as the 'MiddlePrise.' This segment is the next category of structures below larger structures like stadiums, arenas and airports where In Building Wireless (IBW) or Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) are . . .
The future of Distributed Antenna Systems (or DAS) by most accounts is very bright. Industry experts have predicted an exponential increase in the number of DAS deployments within the coming decade and that appears to be what’s happening. In 2013, Joe Madden, in an article published by Fierce Wireless, predicted . . .
As part of its ongoing incentive auction proceedings, the Federal Communications Commission attracted another $1.7 billion in “winning” bids for the 100 megahertz of 600 MHz spectrum assets available. The demands for licenses are well above the supply which could result in bidding prices on those licenses to continue to . . .
The Hospitality sector caters to millions of guests per day. As guests strive to stay connected to offices, customers and family, hospitality operators are focused on ensuring their properties have sufficient wireless service. "The hospitality industry is a broad category of fields within the service industry that includes lodging, event . . .