T-Mobile axing its projects led a baker’s dozen top news stories during 2019

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The top stories in 2019, according to Wireless Estimator readership analytics, followed previous years’ subject matter favorites based upon the site’s in depth and exclusive articles as well as its comprehensive coverage of industry fatalities.

T-Mobile’s unexpected new build cancellations in August came in first with 41,362 views.

Although industry product recalls typically are viewed by less than 2,000 readers, this Crosby 7/8" shackle recall saw 34,000 and over 12,000 likes.

Although industry product recalls typically are viewed by less than 2,000 readers, this Crosby 7/8″ shackle recall saw 31,974 unique views and over 12,000 likes.

However, a Crosby product recall in November for certain 7/8” shackles surprised Wireless Estimator’s staff when it totaled 31,974 unique views and over 12,000 likes. Previous product recalls for a Miller self-retracting lifelines and a dorsal d-ring defect on an ExoFit NEX harness, saw less than 1,700 views for each notice.

While articles pertaining to FCC activities and auctions are typically low in readership, there were higher than normal readership counts for an exclusive interview with Commissioner Brendan Carr and stories regarding his outreach to contractors at tower sites.

Although not making the list, coverage of NATE members being lauded by President Donald Trump at a White House event held a key interest of 6,780 viewers.

Company and towerco lawsuits also ranked high with Wireless Estimator readers.


T-Mobile cancels 5G upgrades and new builds nationwide, possibly crippling some contractors

Sixth 2019 tower tech death was kept quiet for over six weeks

‘Catastrophic’ repair ends in death for tower tech who fell 1,000 feet

Contractor survey uncovers some startling financial statistics that could trigger a 5G train wreck

Crosby warning workers to take out of service certain 7/8” shackles

Huawei CFO’s release requires her to show how she swapped out cell site circuit boards

Tech’s death identified as ‘medical emergency’, but some believe it was an accident

 ‘Pay to play’ Avetta has industry’s contractors concerned about it becoming a monopoly

DOJ greenlights T-Mobile-Sprint merger, requiring them to give up 20,000 cell sites

California tower foreman passes in Nevada after falling off a 253-foot tower

Anatomy of a triple fatality citation: Judge rules OSHA didn’t understand industry standards

Carriers either ignore or are unaware of contractors’ higher than average truck roll expenses

Investigations underway in Crown Castle subsidiary’s gas explosion accident that killed one, injured 25