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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)

Enhancing Network Management: How Vertix Consulting Helped a Top 4 US Wireless Carrier Increase Its Speed to Deploy 4G/LTE

Challenge: A major US wireless carrier faced unexpectedly slow deployment run rates and deteriorating vendor relationships during a large, national multi-technology network rollout of 3G and 4G LTE for voice and data. The carrier was suffering from a lack of analytics and general visibility into the true roadblocks causing these issues, which made recovery of the program extremely difficult to achieve. (Read More)

Building a New Network Deployment Model: How Vertix Consulting Helped a Top 4 US Wireless Carrier to Self-Perform Key Network Deployment Activities

Challenge: Vertix assisted a top 4 US wireless carrier as it faced a major deployment delay due to insufficient influence by the carrier on key deployment activities. At the time of Vertix’s engagement, the carrier’s ability to influence the speed and quality of deployments was limited due to a pre-existing outsourced deployment model to large OEMs. It was clear that the carrier needed to undergo an organizational redesign in order to move to a self-perform model for significant aspects of cell site deployment. (Read More)

Develop More Efficient Network Deployment Tools and Processes

Challenge: Client was using a state-of-the-art network deployment system, but traveling project managers working at sites with intermittent or no internet access had difficulty updating data while on site or while traveling, yielding out-of-date management reporting. Vertix developed a front-end PC client application to enable off-line use and simplify project manager data entry and reporting.

Result: Significant increase in field productivity and overall program management as data accuracy and timeliness improved dramatically, and project management meetings were able to focus on exception management rather than status updates. Client adopted the tool for all network deployments.