Our Work

Building a Deployment Program: 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

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

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)

Outsourcing Tower Maintenance: How Vertix Consulting Helped a Top U.S. Tower Company Achieve its Outsourcing Goals

Challenge: A major U.S. tower company was facing the realities of significant growth that doubled the number of its lit cell towers to more than 17,000. The legacy perspective was that tower climbing for lighting support was a “core differentiator” in the marketplace. However, without significant scaling, the Tower Technician support staff charged with lighting repair and maintenance was unable to meet demand growth, and the company was forced to increasingly rely on third parties to supplement the embedded staff. (Read More)

Getting Ready for the FCC’s 600MHz TV Broadcast Spectrum Repack: How Vertix Consulting Helped a Large Owner of Broadcast Towers Prepare for Hundreds of Channel Migrations

Challenge: As the FCC prepared and executed the broadcast spectrum incentive auction to reallocate low band spectrum (600MHz) from TV stations to wireless service providers, our client – a major broadcast tower owner – realized it needed to get its organization ready to support an unprecedented amount of work within the broadcast sector. As the owner of several hundred broadcast towers, the company was faced with a large quantity of projects to execute in a short period of time to meet FCC deadlines. Due to the significant complexities of projects, the interdependencies among tenants’ stations, and expected resource constraints in the industry, this program required a high degree of coordination and planning among internal and external parties. (Read More)

Building Small Cell Service: How Vertix Consulting Helped a Tier 1 MSO Develop a Small Cells as a Service Offering

Challenge: A Tier 1 MSO planned to launch a small cell offering for which it required assistance in identifying and engaging potential partners to provide a turnkey small cell service to carrier customers. The Small Cell as a Service (SCaaS) offering being built by the MSO supported its pursuit of additional revenue sources by taking advantage of its existing infrastructure footprint spanning numerous markets, as well as entering it into the quickly growing small cell market. (Read More)

Improving Network Deployment Logistics: How Vertix Consulting Resolved a Major 4G/LTE Deployment’s Logistics Issues

Challenge: Vertix Consulting recently completed a project for one of the nation’s top 4 wireless carriers. The team helped the carrier to define and manage its internal logistics processes in order to complete a national upgrade to their 4G/LTE network under an aggressive timeline. The carrier was just coming off of a deployment that faced challenges, partially because of logistics-related issues. (Read More)

Getting Ready to Deploy: How Vertix Consulting Helped a Top 4 US Wireless Carrier Define and Implement Processes, Tools, and Scopes of Services for a Major 4G/LTE Rollout

Challenge: A major US wireless carrier needed to quickly define and prepare for how it would deploy 2.5 MHz LTE spectrum on its existing LTE network, including the replacement of legacy LTE technology that needed to be removed from the network to meet federal regulations. This large scale network deployment presented a set of unique challenges as the carrier would need to follow a new deployment model in order to meet a very aggressive POP count target deadline, while minimizing service disruption for legacy technology replacements. To complicate things further, as a result of the acquisition of a small wireless carrier, the company had just gone through a major restructuring, where processes, systems, tools, roles and responsibilities were unclear to the acquiring major carrier. (Read More)