Vertix Articles and Publications

Besting the 39-month FCC repack program

RCR Wireless – After dominating the wireless industry’s news cycle for over a year, the FCC 600MHZ spectrum auction came to an end. Now the real work begins. The 976 U.S. stations that sold their spectrum rights to the FCC, which in turn auctioned them to wireless providers, will have to take the steps necessary to…

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Reality Check: Managing the death of a technology – R.I.P. GSM and CDMA

RCR Wireless – As telecom operators move to decommission legacy GSM and CDMA networks in favor of LTE technology, steps must be taken to ensure a smooth process. GSM and CDMA, the two major radio systems used in cell phones, have been the lifeblood of mobile carriers for more than two decades. As you might expect,…

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Reality Check: Wi-Fi calling – a sustainable offering?

RCR Wireless – Vertix Consulting looks at the challenges and opportunities surrounding Wi-Fi calling, including LTE-U, LAA and LTE Industry news reports surrounding the implementation of Wi-Fi calling are getting noisy, but many challenges still stand in the way of wide-scale adoption. Many challenges are technical in nature (e.g., deficiencies with end-user devices) and some…

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Vertix sees small cells, Wi-Fi calling and the 600 MHz spectrum auction shaping 2016

RCR Wireless – 2015 is winding down and the Vertix team is focusing the lens on what’s to come. Small cell deployments are starting to take off and carriers are seeing potential for strategic use cases. Wi-Fi calling is still proving itself in the industry and we expect many frustrations (for both consumer and carrier) lie…

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FirstNet Gets its Teeth: Implications for Turf, Tech, and Tower Vendors

Wireless Week – Though reports of nods from early takers have been trickling in, it appears that AT&T/FirstNet will spend a good part of the summer courting state governors to “opt-in” and move as quickly as possible to get rolling with network builds in their states. The FirstNet network will cover all 50 states, five U.S.…

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FCC Broadcast Repack: Timing Challenges and Tower Crew Readiness

AGL Magazine – The post-incentive auction transition schedule depends on avoiding interference, coping with limited tower crew availability and limiting a safety risk that a tight time frame might pose. Broadcasters have waited patiently to discover if and when the FCC will announce an official scheduling methodology for the post-auction repack. However, it is difficult to…

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Ten Wireless Deployment Mistakes to Avoid

AGL – Page 78. The variety of stakeholders, the number of moving parts and the clash of cultures from engineers to construction managers to planners make success more difficult to achieve than it might initially appear.

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Dishing Up the Future: Femtocells, Small Cells, Wi-Fi Calling, FCC Auction Will Dominate Carrier News Cycle in 2016

AGL Small Cell Magazine – Page 38. When we look back at 2015 it will likely be remembered more for all of the things that didn’t happen than those that did. We didn’t see small cells deployed by the tens of thousands. The incentive auction did not commence. FirstNet didn’t release their primary RFP (as…

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How Do Small Cells Fit into Wireless Networks?

The CCA Voice – Page 47. The wireless industry looks vastly different today than it did just a decade ago, and all indications are that the pace of change isn’t abating. New dynamics require wireless carriers to reexamine how they deliver coverage and capacity solutions to end users.

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Small Cells: A Business Model Examination

AGL Small Cell Magazine – Page 40. The small cell landscape has been ebbing and tiding for some time now. There have been many promises, prognostication, and expectations. Yet it is only now starting to emerge from this state of flux. What will it take to find the sweet spot in the small cell business…

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