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Cell Tower News: OSHA updates climber rules; tower data contention

01 August 2014 by Jarad Matula

Welcome to this week’s edition of cell tower industry news, created by Jarad Matula and brought to you by Towercrews.net. OSHA directive on hoisting In a new step towards safer practices on tower work sites, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration has issued a new directive that outlines stricter rules for inspectors to judge safety and […]

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Anritsu reports flat revenues, profit impacts from R&D

Anritsu reports flat revenues, profit impacts from R&D

01 August 2014 by Kelly Hill

Anristu saw essentially flat year-over-year revenues for its first fiscal quarter ending June 30, but its profits for the quarter were down nearly 50% to about $8 million. Meanwhile, its revenues were $216 million, down less than 1% from the $218 million reported in the year-ago period. In its financial release, Anritsu noted that mobile […]

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Test & Measurement: Keysight Technologies begins operations

Test & Measurement: Keysight Technologies begins operations

01 August 2014 by Kelly Hill

Editor’s Note: The ability to test network and device features and functions is an important piece of technology development and deployment. RCR Wireless News looks weekly at the test and measurement space to see what’s afoot. —Agilent Technologies’ electronic test and measurement segment has officially begun operating as its own brand, Keysight Technologies. The spin-off of […]

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Alcatel-Lucent posts improved Q2 results, plans submarine cable IPO

Alcatel-Lucent posts improved Q2 results, plans submarine cable IPO

01 August 2014 by Sara Zaske

Alcatel-Lucent (ALU), which announced its “Shift Plan” a year ago, is now looking to shift some of its submarine cable business. When the Paris-based telecom equipment company released its 2014 second quarter results, it announced a planned initial public offering for the subsidiary scheduled for the first half of 2015. “Let me tell you right […]

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Keeping the promise of bundled offerings

01 August 2014 by Kelly Hill

Liam Maxwell, VP of products for Oracle Communications, spoke with RCR Wireless about how the transition from single-service providers to bundled offerings has affected customer relationship management, BSS and OSS, and Oracle’s place in the ecosystme. “One of the biggest problems that communications service providers have had over the last decade is that they’ve shifted from […]

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Reader Forum: Future-proofing the mobile industry in the Internet of everything age

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Reader Forum: Using intelligent wireless routing to end to in-building over-provisioning

11 August 2014 by Wolfgang Weber, VP Business Development, Dali Wireless

In-building user experience and service quality are powerful differentiators in wireless services and providing reliable indoor coverage and capacity is not only expected, it’s demanded.

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Reader Forum: The ‘5th C’ impact on two-way radios

11 August 2014 by Randy Helm, Director of Product Management, Motorola Solutions

All radios are known for their performance with the four basic “Cs”: coverage, capacity, cost and control.

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Reader Forum: Five ways retailers can leverage the power of mobile

04 August 2014 by Sam Ganga, EVP Commercial Division, DMI

International research firm Latitude reports that 88% of people surveyed agreed that owning a mobile device with real-time information makes them more spontaneous in their shopping decisions. That fact alone

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U.S.

Reader Forum: The ‘Internet of Things’ ate my network

04 August 2014 by Christina Richards, VP, AOptix

The “Internet of Things" is either going to transform our world – or crush it, depending on who you ask.

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As 2012 Hurricane Season Begins, Alabama Residents Urged to Prepare Communication Plans

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., May 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- With the 2012 Hurricane Season officially set to begin June 1, Alabamians should be preparing an emergency communication plan to keep their families safe and in touch.

Verizon Wireless, the nation's largest wireless carrier, offers these tips for storm season:

  • Keep phones, batteries, chargers and other equipment in a dry, accessible location.  Consider waterproof accessories or simple zip-lock storage bags to protect devices.
  • Keep wireless phone batteries fully charged – in case local power is lost – well before warnings are issued.
  • Have additional charged batteries and car-charger adapters available for back-up power.
  • Maintain a list of emergency numbers – police and fire agencies; power and insurance companies; family, friends and co-workers; etc. – and program them into your phone.
  • Distribute wireless phone numbers to family members and friends.
  • Download from a wide variety of weather- and safety-related applications for smartphones, tablets and other devices. Many of these apps are free.
  • Use a service such as Backup Assistant, the free Verizon Wireless application that stores a phone's address book on a secure server in case the phone is lost or damaged.

Verizon Wireless also suggests the following actions once a storm is on the way:

  • Limit non-emergency calls to conserve battery power and free-up wireless networks for emergency agencies and operations. Send brief text messages rather than voice calls for the same reason.
  • Forward your home phone calls to your wireless number if you evacuate.
  • Check weather and news reports on wireless phone applications when power is out.

"Every year we see severe weather issues in Alabama from hurricanes, violent thunderstorms, wildfires, tornadoes and the like,"says Jonathan LeCompte, president of Verizon Wireless' Georgia/Alabama Region.  "We know that preparation, and the earlier the better, is important in staying safe and keeping the lines of communication with loved ones and emergency responders open."

Verizon Wireless, which operates the nation's fastest 4G network and largest and most reliable 3G network, has made numerous network enhancements over the past year, including the expansion of its most advanced 4G LTE (Long-Term Evolution) network. Over the course of the year, new cell towers and/or other network capacity enhancements worth more than $120 million were activated in over 320 cities and towns across Alabama, including 22 new cell sites in 18 cities. Residents throughout the Birmingham, Huntsville, Mobile and Montgomery metro areas now have access to the company's 4G LTE network for super-fast connectivity. In these areas, customers with 4G LTE devices can now take advantage of the nation's fastest 4G network with speeds up to 10 times faster than Verizon Wireless' 3G network. The company's ongoing network investment in Alabama now totals over $830 million since the company was formed in 2000.

As a result of the company's ongoing investments, in the aftermath of even the most devastating weather, the Verizon Wireless network in Alabama. Verizon Wireless' storm preparation includes:

  • Verizon Wireless is fully prepared to set up Wireless Emergency Communication Centers (WECCs) to serve residents and rescue agencies in the area(s) in the greatest need.
  • The company also has a fleet of Cells on Wheels (COWS) and Cells on Light Trucks (COLTS), and generators on trailers (GOaTS) that can be rolled into hard-hit locations.
  • Verizon Wireless pre-arranges fuel delivery to mobile units and generators to keep the network operating at full strength even if power is lost for an extended period of time.
  • Installation of advanced in-building systems to boost wireless coverage and services at hospitals, government and emergency facilities, high-traffic public venues and other locations throughout Alabama.
  • Verizon Wireless has a Communications Store on wheels ready to roll.  The 35-foot trailer allows Verizon Wireless to maintain retail operations in areas when company stores are not able to open or when retail services are needed in areas where natural disaster strikes, enabling customers to purchase the wireless phones and accessories they need.

For more information on the Verizon Wireless network, products and services, visit www.verizonwireless.com.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation's largest 4G LTE network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves 93 million retail customers.  Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 80,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD. For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.  

SOURCE Verizon Wireless

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