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Read remarks from FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr, at the Department of Labor, as he addresses the current skills gap and critical industry need for apprenticeship and workforce development.

Prepared by: Coleman Bazelon and Pallavi Seth

Wireless infrastructure plays a crucial role in how businesses, citizens and governments operate in today’s mobile-first world. These networks are critical to everything from education and business to public safety and health care. Wireless networks in the U.S. delivered 42.7 petabytes of data every day in 2016, a figure expected to grow to 200.5 petabytes per day by 2020. To put that growth in perspective, a similar increase in New York City Subway ridership would see daily traffic grow from 4.8 million riders today to 22.6 million riders per day in 2021.

How Mobile Operators are Racing to Keep Up with Insatiable Demand for Mobile Broadband

By WIA Innovation & Technology Council


Traffic on mobile networks has grown every year and shows no sign of abating, as society has become mobile-first. This report will explore how the wireless ecosystem is addressing insatiable traffic demands borne from mobile data adoption through network optimization efforts, densification strategies, policy frameworks and new spectrum and technologies coming to market.

May 2018

The Rev H minimum wind, ice and earthquake loading requirements for a new or existing structure are based on reliability requirements. Reliability requirements are established by considering the consequences (risk) of failure of a structure depending on its use and location. For a communication structure, use is defined by the types of services provided by the equipment supported by the structure. Rev G had 3 categories of structures based on reliability requirements. Rev H now has 4 categories and has updated the terminology used to describe the categories from “Structure Class” to “Risk Category” to be consistent with ASCE 7 and the IBC.

By: WIA Innovation & Technology Council


More than 80 percent of North Americans live in urban areas and are increasingly concentrating in mid-sized and large cities. This trend is expected to continue as economic forces, industry drivers and other factors drive people toward urban areas.

Faced with increased populations, cities are challenged to create more efficient ways to deal with the impact of this growth while being sensitive to environmental, economic and quality-of-life issues. Connectivity and bandwidth are fueling a new Gigabyte economy that will rely on smart services. Wireless and fiber-optics are key enablers of that connectivity and will play essential roles in creating smart communities.

Today’s wireless infrastructure — while robust — will require massive upgrades. Technical advances in speeds, location awareness, coverage, capacity, range, and a multitude of other areas will be needed to support the estimated 25 billion connected devices that could be in use by 2020, according to Gartner. Aligning policy and capability is essential to enabling the successful implementation of these technologies. This requires governments to break down departmental silos, build partnerships and look to best-practices models that are proven to be successful. This report will explore the infrastructure needs of building smart communities.

5G Outlook


Wireless Communications Standards 

Get insights about the latest cellular, non-cellular, IoT and GNSS specifications including 5G, LTE and Wi-Fi.


      -RCR Wireless


Preparing a Skilled Workforce for Future Wireless Networks

By WIA Innovation & Technology Council 2/27/2018

New technologies will be needed to bring the next generation of wireless services to market. The physics of using licensed and unlicensed radiofrequencies for coexistence
and convergence will require advanced training and skills development in the field of RF engineering. Massive Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) antenna propagation, millimeter-wave technologies, Centralized Radio Access Networks (C-RAN), Software Defined Networks (SDN), advances in Wi-Fi technologies and more are just some of the tools that will be used to deploy fifth-generation (5G) networks and services. This report, which builds on a 2016 Wireless Infrastructure Association paper, identifies training and educational needs across a broad swath of technologies as the network moves closer to the end user. While candidate technologies and use cases are being evaluated for 5G, which is scheduled to be standardized by 2020, this report aims to address the need for effective on-the-job training, classroom, and online education to help the industry create a skilled labor workforce to build future generations of heterogeneous networks.

By: WIA Innovation & Technology Council


The introduction of fifth-generation (5G) mobile broadband technology is set to change
how people and machines communicate and even how industries do business. 5G network deployments are expected to provide significant economic and efficiency gains in the markets where they are deployed. Smart-factory and smart-city applications, autonomous vehicles and machines, and telemedicine applications are just a few of the examples where 5G technology is expected to impact a range of industries. Work is underway to define specifications and performance requirements for 5G to ensure the networks can support the many applications expected to run on them. Massive investments are needed to upgrade and deploy new infrastructure, including macrocellular equipment, small cells and fiber, that will deliver the services promised with 5G. Stakeholders also are working to develop security and privacy guidelines designed to protect increasingly sensitive applications that will operate on 5G networks. This report will explore the technical preparations that are taking place to bring 5G networks to market, and defines technical terms needed to understand the technology.