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Velocitel picks up FDH to expand its national footprint

In Vendor News by Wireless Estimator

Velocitel, Inc., a wireless network services company, has acquired the assets of FDH, an engineering and construction company. “This acquisition expands the footprint of Velocitel into new areas that are part of our growth strategy. FDH is one of the most respected engineering companies in the field, with a deep breadth of knowledge in civil and water, geotechnical, and structural …

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Over 29,000 tower climbers identified in extensive wireless workforce survey

In Featured News by Wireless Estimator

According to a comprehensive study released today by WirelessEstimator.com identifying how many wireless technicians routinely work on elevated structures in the course of their employment, the number of tower climbers has dramatically increased to over 29,000 workers, almost triple from the last available analysis undertaken in 2006 by Wireless Estimator which put the total of tower technicians at approximately 9,800. …

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Crown is exploring sale of its Australian towers and settling in the US

In Vendor News by Wireless Estimator

Crown Castle International Corp. announced today that it plans to explore the potential sale of its Australian subsidiary (CCAL). “In light of recent unsolicited offers we have received for our interest in CCAL, we have determined that fully exploring the options available to us will ensure the best long-term results for our shareholders,” stated W. Ben Moreland, Crown Castle’s President …

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Sarah Palin will certainly not liken climbers to caribou at NATE keynote

In Associations News, Vendor News by Wireless Estimator

When former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin speaks before trade groups she typically tailors part of her presentation to industry-specific concerns, and most likely will touch upon tower climber safety when she talks at the industry’s largest wireless infrastructure conference for contractors and suppliers on Feb. 25, 2015 at NATE UNITE 2015 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. There is also a possibility …

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February 13 is the last day to register online for NATE UNITE 2015

In Associations News, Vendor News by Wireless Estimator

Online registration for the National Association of Tower Erectors conference, NATE UNITE 2015, ends tomorrow, Friday, Feb. 13, 2015. But if you can’t register today and suffer from Paraskevidekatriaphobics – those afflicted with a morbid, irrational fear of Friday the 13th – don’t be alarmed, you can register on site for what could very well be the largest attended conference in …

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ATC leads slightly over Crown with their $5 billion 11,324 Verizon tower deal

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American Tower Corporation today announced that it has been the successful suitor in acquiring the rights to approximately 11,324 wireless communications towers and purchase approximately 165 additional towers from Verizon Communications, Inc. for $5.056 billion. Under the agreement, American Tower will have the exclusive right to lease and operate the Verizon towers for a weighted average term of approximately 28 …

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“Mercedes” harness hits the market with Connect-It Wireless as its provider

In New Product News by Wireless Estimator

Unless you’ve hung in a harness for hours, you’ll never appreciate how the key component of a personal fall arrest system can add discomfort to an already challenging job. However, FallTech believes that you deserve the most comfort while working aloft without compromising on versatility and rugged strength, and has introduced its FlowTech Tower Climber®, which is quickly being tagged by …

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Pilot is killed after his aircraft crashes into a Lubbock, Tex. TV tower

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A Texas physician is dead after he piloted his small aircraft into a TV tower’s guy wires as he approached an airport in West Texas, causing the 814-foot guyed tower to collapse in Lubbock, Tex. last night at about 7:25 p.m., according to authorities. Dr. Kenneth M. Rice was killed after his single-engine Piper PA-46 crashed into Raycom Media’s KCBD …

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Terrible Mississippi tower marking amendment is killed in committee

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Mississippi Speaker of the House Philip Gunn took the ice bucket challenge late last year, but it didn’t shake loose any logical reasons why he introduced legislation last month to require all communications towers in his state to be marked for aviation safety purposes if they were 50 feet high or taller, and were located outside of municipality boundaries. As …

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Deadline to assist families of industry workers is January 31, 2015

In Associations News, Vendor News by Wireless Estimator

The Tower Family Foundation announced today that the deadline for Foundation contributions to be designated and promoted as Founding Donor Status donations is a little less than 48 hours away. “The Tower Family Foundation is encouraging all companies and individuals to make a Founding Donor distinguished level donation prior to the Jan. 31, 2015 deadline,” stated Foundation President Jim Tracy from …

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NIOSH issues report on tower collapses that killed two techs and a fire fighter

In Featured News, Incident Report News by Wireless Estimator

In a detailed summary by the National Institute of Safety and Health (NIOSH), the federal agency investigated the collapse that killed two tower technicians last year in West Virginia in addition to a volunteer fire fighter who died after two towers collapsed at the SBA Communications site. Although the focus of the report was to ensure that fire departments should …

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Two technicians injured after a tower section collapses in Nebraska

In Featured News, Incident Report News by Wireless Estimator

Update – 1.28. 2015, 5:55  p.m – Two tower techs that were erecting a new cell site tower for their employer, Viaero Wireless, were transported to the hospital after they had been trapped under a collapsed structure in Scottsbluff, Neb. In a prepared statement, Viaero Executive Vice President Mike Felicissimo said a wind gust caused a section of the tower …

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Warriors 4 Wireless chooses Safety LMS to train returning soldiers

In Training News & Initiatives, Vendor News by Wireless Estimator

After months of curriculum development, training and extensive review, Warriors 4 Wireless Co-Founder and President, Kelley Dunne, has chosen Texas-based Safety LMS to be the exclusive training partner for their premier program. Safety LMS will provide curriculum, instructors and training for returning veterans as well as all future W4W instructors. “All of us at Safety LMS are very proud to have been …

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Varied opinions surface regarding Grain’s nTelos tower buy for $41 million

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Although conversations at a Florida Wireless Association networking social of over 200 attendees last night ranged from carrier cap ex expenditures to planned business expansions of a number of key players, one frequent topic was Sarasota Fla.-based Grain Management’s purchase this week of 103 nTelos Wireless’ cell towers for $41 million. However, opinions differed regarding whether the $398,000 per-tower-deal made …

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NATE issues update on the National Wireless Skills-Based Training Standard

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The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) today provided a progress update on the Wireless Industry Safety Task Force’s National Wireless Skills-Based Training Standard that is currently under development. The Task Force’s Skills-Based Training Subcommittee has completed development of a Skills-Based Training standard that outlines the minimum competencies and skills required for five foundational categories of workers in the industry: …

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Almost 1,000 Crown Castle antennas will support Super Bowl network needs

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Crown Castle pulled back the curtain Tuesday on its $32 million-plus distributed antenna systems in Glendale, Ariz. just in time for Super Bowl XLIX on Feb. 1, 2015 at the University of Phoenix stadium.  The state of the art network includes the stadium and Gila River Arena as well as the Renaissance Glendale Hotel & Spa, and throughout the Glendale …

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RF could have been the real killer of a BASE jumper who fell to his death

In Featured News, Incident Report News by Wireless Estimator

Although it will not be able to be identified until a coroner examines tissue samples, there’s a strong possibility that a Michigan BASE jumper might have died, not because his parachute’s canopy didn’t open, but because he might have been unconscious before he ever had the opportunity to pull his ripcord as he fell from the 1,000-foot WLAJ-TV tower he …

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Anritsu’s field analyzer with integrated PIM and line testing is an industry first

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Anritsu Company is breaking new ground in field wireless testing with the introduction of the MW82119B PIM Master™, which combines a 40W, battery-operated PIM analyzer with a 2 MHz to 3 GHz cable and antenna analyzer, eliminating the need to carry multiple instruments to measure the RF performance of a cell site. The MW82119B provides tower and maintenance contractors, network installers, …

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PCIA chief to sit on TIRAP’s Board and assist with setting job positions /skills

In Associations News, Featured News by Wireless Estimator

PCIA – The Wireless Infrastructure Association President and CEO Jonathan Adelstein has been selected by the U.S. Department of Labor-credentialed Telecommunications Industry Registered Apprenticeship Program (TIRAP) to replace board member Jonathan Campbell, PCIA’s former Director of Government Affairs who left PCIA last Friday to take a position with the FCC’s Wireless Telecommunications Bureau. “PCIA has the expertise and resources to …