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Building Private LTE Solutions for Critical Communications Infrastructure: How Vertix Consulting Helped a National Spectrum Holder Transform to Support Innovative Private Broadband Solutions

Challenge: A major national US spectrum holder was advancing its spectrum and professional services offering to support the modernization of Critical Communications Infrastructure (CCI). This required a commercial and operational transformation, along with a PMO model to support P-LTE pilots for commercial opportunities with prospective customers. Additionally, the client needed to promote private broadband education for the Utilities industry to drive awareness and adoption of new technology and use cases. (Read More)

Driving Margin Improvement Through General Contractor Sourcing: How Vertix Consulting Helped a Leading

Challenge: One of the leading nationwide wireless site deployment vendors was, in the wake of rapid growth via acquisitions and organic expansion, suffering the consequences of inconsistent practices in sourcing and managing a diverse set of general contractors throughout more than 15 markets across the United States. Due to market-centric and inconsistent sourcing and ordering practices, corporate leadership had poor visibility into the main drivers of costs and margins in this $350 million annual spend category. GCs, upon which most of the field work depended, exercised leverage during busy periods by extracting additional fees and switching to other customers who were enticing them with short term financial incentive. (Read More)

Building Network Deployment PMO: How Vertix Consulting Helped a Top 10 Regional Wireless Provider Develop

Challenge: A major regional US wireless communications provider carrier was advancing both its wireless and fiber service offerings (including VoLTE and small cells implementations) and was simultaneously rearchitecting its underpinning platforms to support this advancement. In order to support this growth and advancement, it needed to mature its project management and PMO capabilities in order to ensure success in the many interconnected development projects that were enabling this change. (Read More)

Sourcing Small Cells and Fiber Deployment Services: How Vertix Consulting helped a top U.S. tower company mature its sourcing capabilities to support a growing demand for its services

Challenge: A major national US tower company and small cells implementation provider was maturing both its small cells and fiber capabilities while experiencing tremendous growth for its services. In order to support this growth and advancement, it needed to mature its sourcing capabilities to both increase the supply of quality construction and engineering vendors, while simultaneously driving down costs for vendor services. This needed to be achieved within the context of an organization that had geographically devolved its sourcing practices and was lower on the maturity scale in terms of its overall supply chain management capabilities. (Read More)

Deploying Small Cells Nationally: How Vertix Consulting helped a top U.S. tower company build a small cell deployment management model

Challenge: A major national US tower company and small cells implementation provider had just signed its largest ever contract to build small cells nationwide, with strict contract provisions around timeline and average fiber length per node. Prior builds had been moderate in size and had not tested the deployment capabilities of the Client to the same degree. In order to deliver on its customer’s build expectations it needed to not only ramp capacity, but also to manage the locally-delivered build as a coherent national program with standardized milestones, forecasting approaches, and estimating philosophy. The Client also needed to be able to track and report progress coherently and to present and summarize progress as a consistent program vs. a collection of individual district deployments. This needed to be achieved within the context of an organization that had a large degree of geographic autonomy, inflexible toolsets, and varying build approaches and forecasting practices. (Read More)

Building a Deployment Program: How Vertix Consulting Assisted in Defining and Implementing a Plan for Success

Challenge: Client commenced a series of network deployments across multiple team and geographies and faced multiple project management challenges along the way, causing the company to miss key implementation targets. Vertix identified organizational, cultural and structural issues and implemented improved process and strategy. (Read More)

Decommissioning Legacy Networks: How Vertix Consulting Helped a Top US Wireless Carrier Decommission Its CDMA Network in Mexico for Future LTE Deployments

Challenge: A major carrier in Mexico was in the process of simplifying its network by decommissioning CDMA, which would allow them to reuse spectrum and provide better broadband wireless services throughout the country. The carrier made a strategic decision to focus on LTE and UMTS only, ultimately decommissioning the existing GSM, CDMA and iDEN networks. As voice tra c moves to VoLTE, the carrier wanted to harvest spectrum used by these technologies, make space on the tower and ground for LTE and UMTS, and reduce tower rent and operating expenses associated with equipment on the towers. (Read More)

Building a Better Approach to Generator Sourcing and Preventative Maintenance: How Vertix Consulting Helped a Major US Telecom Service Provider to Understand the True Costs of Generator Maintenance

Challenge: A major US telecom service provider desired to reassess its approach to maintaining its diesel backup generator (‘genset’) portfolio, having previously procured an extended warranty, coupled with an exclusive agreement for preventative maintenance directly with the manufacturer of the generators. These generators were used to provide emergency power to customer cell site equipment in the event of a utility power outage. Previous analysis had concluded that it made sense to adopt this structure. (Read More)