Keynote Speakers     Titans of Tower     Session Descriptions     Session Presentations

Keynote Speakers

Opening Keynote     

Dale N Hatfield
Adjunct Professor, Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program,
University of Colorado at Boulder

Dale N Hatfield, wireless veteran and renowned technologist, will give the opening keynote at the 2008 Wireless Infrastructure Show on Tuesday October 14th at 9:00am. He will address the unlimited potential of wireless and present his views on important new trends, opportunities and the future of wireless.

Dale Hatfield has served in top positions involving the wireless industry in government, industry and the academic community. He has served as Chief Technologist, Chief of Plans and Policy, and Chief of Engineering and Technology at the Federal Communications Commission. He was Acting Assistant Secretary and Administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration of the Department of Commerce. He was appointed by the Federal Trade Administration as the Monitor Trustee in the AOL-Time Warner merger.

In industry, he was the CEO of Hatfield Associates, a multidisciplinary telecommunications consulting company, served on the Board of Directors of public television station KBDI in Denver, and is a member of the Board of Directors of Crown Castle International. He has also been a consultant and advisor to the International Telecommunication Union. He has taught at many universities, including Georgetown, the University of Denver, and the University of Colorado where he is currently Adjunct Professor in the Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program.

Among his many awards are the Federal Communications Commission Gold Medal, the Department of Commerce Silver Medal, the U.S. Attorney General Distinguished Service Award, the PCIA Foundation Eugene C. Bowler Award, and election to the Wireless Hall of Fame.

Sponsored by:

Closing Keynote     

Harry Patz Jr.
Vice President Communications Sector
Americas for Microsoft

Harry Patz Jr., Vice President Communications Sector, Americas for Microsoft, will detail Microsoft's "Telco 2.0" initiatives at the 2008 Wireless Infrastructure Show on October 15 at 12:00 p.m. Telco 2.0 refers to an emerging model for the communications industry, one that embraces the principles of Web 2.0 while maximizing operator assets, such as customer relationships and network infrastructure. Through Telco 2.0, Microsoft enables partners such as mobile operators and telecommunications service providers to deliver the connected lifestyle, where users can access any content, over any network on any screen. In this session Mr. Patz will describe Microsoft's vision for Telco 2.0, highlighting the broad range of solutions Microsoft delivers to help operators create revenue-generating offerings for businesses and consumers now and in the future.

Sponsored by:

Titans of Tower

Sponsored by: SiteMaster

Marc Ganzi
Chief Executive Officer, Global Tower Partners

Marc C. Ganzi is the Chief Executive Officer of Global Tower Partners. Mr. Ganzi was the sole founder of Global Tower Partners ("GTP") in 2003. As the chief executive of the company, Mr. Ganzi is responsible for all fundraising, banking and M&A activities at the company. Prior to the formation of GTP, Mr. Ganzi worked as a consulting partner for Deutsche Bank Capital Partners in New York City. While at Deutsche Bank, Mr. Ganzi was tasked with assisting and overseeing the institutions investments in the radio tower sector in Latin and North America. Prior to his tenure at DB Capital, Mr. Ganzi was the President and co-founder of Apex Site Management, a company that was the largest third party manager of wireless and wireline communications sites. In 2000, Apex merged with SpectraSite Communications. Mr. Ganzi has a Bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business.

W. Benjamin Moreland
President & Chief Executive Officer, Crown Castle International

W. Benjamin Moreland was appointed Crown Castle's President and Chief Executive Officer in July 2008. Prior to this appointment, he served as Crown Castle's Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, from April 2000. Prior to that he served as Senior Vice President and Treasurer of Crown Castle International and its domestic subsidiaries from October 1999. Mr. Moreland joined Crown Castle International following 15 years with Chase Manhattan Bank, primarily in corporate finance and real estate investment banking.

Jeffrey A. Stoops
President & Chief Executive Officer, SBA Communications

Jeffrey A. Stoops, 48, is President and Chief Executive Officer and a director of SBA Communications Corporation. He has been CEO since January 1, 2002. He was appointed President in April, 2000 and has been a director since August 1999. Mr. Stoops served as CFO from December 1998 to April 2000. He joined the company in March 1997 as Senior Vice- President responsible for finance, capital market activities, mergers and acquisitions, and legal matters of the company. Prior to joining SBA Communications, Mr. Stoops was a partner with Gunster, Yoakley, a Florida based law firm, where he practiced for thirteen years in the corporate, securities and mergers and acquisitions areas. He received his Bachelors of Science and Juris Doctor degrees from Florida State University.

James "Jim" Taiclet
Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, American Tower Corporation

Jim Taiclet was appointed President and Chief Operating Officer of American Tower Corporation in September 2001, was elected Chief Executive Officer in October 2003, and Chairman of the Board of Directors in February 2004. American Tower's merger with SpectraSite, which closed in August 2005, boosted the company's tower count to over 22,000 sites, solidifying its position as a leading provider of wireless and broadcast infrastructure. Mr. Taiclet joined American Tower from Honeywell International, where as President of Honeywell Aerospace Services, he led a global organization of 10,000 employees providing aircraft equipment repair, part distribution, logistics, and space operations services. Prior to Honeywell, he served as Vice President, Engine Services at Pratt & Whitney, a unit of United Technologies Corporation. Also, Mr. Taiclet was previously a consultant at McKinsey & Company, specializing in telecommunications and aerospace. He began his career as an Air Force officer and pilot and served in the Gulf War. Mr. Taiclet is the current Chairman of PCIA – The Wireless Infrastructure Association. Mr. Taiclet holds a Masters in Public Affairs from Princeton University, where he was a Wilson Fellow, and is a Distinguished Graduate of the United States Air Force Academy.

Michael T.N. Fitch
President & Chief Executive Officer, PCIA – The Wireless Infrastructure Association

Michael Fitch is President and CEO of PCIA – The Wireless Infrastructure Association. He began his career at the Federal Communications Commission ultimately serving as Bureau Chief and Senior Legal and International Advisor to the Chairman. He then moved to the Department of State, where he was a Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Communications and Information Policy. He headed U.S. delegations to International Telecommunication Union and Inmarsat conferences as well as bilateral negotiations with other countries. In the private sector, Mr. Fitch was Vice President, Spectrum Management at Hughes Communications. When Boeing acquired Hughes Space & Communications, he headed Spectrum Management for Boeing Satellite Systems and was also responsible for new Homeland Security programs.

Back to top

Session Descriptions

The Global Infrastructure Marketplace

Track sponsored by Media Venture Partners

Track: Finance and Business Operations
Date: Monday, October 13, 2008
Time: 9:00 – 11:20 a.m.
Diplomat Ballrooms 4 – 5

  • Moderator: Benjamin Stretch, Infrastructure Analyst, US Equity Research, Macquarie Capital (USA) Inc.
  • Jason Hill, Managing Director, Media Venture Partners, LLC
  • Andrew Lipman, Partner, Brigham
  • Tony Lo, Director, Q-TZG
  • Jagdesh B. (Bob) Kirpilani, Attorney, Haskell Slaughter Young & Rediker, LLC

Wireless infrastructure executives from around the globe will come together to examine the state of wireless infrastructure deployment in the hottest emerging markets. Who are the players? What are their needs? How can you gain access? What infrastructure and business solutions will these entrants already have and what will they want? How will you adjust to meet these needs?

Mission Possible: PCIA's Public Policy Outlook

Sponsored by Wilkinson Barker Knauer

Track: Advocacy and Regulatory Compliance
Date: Monday, October 13, 2008
Time: 9:00 – 11:20 a.m.
Diplomat Ballroom 1

  • Moderator: Monica Gambino, Crown Castle International
  • Dan Abeyta, Federal Communications Commission
  • Mike Cooper, Lightower
  • Craig Gilmore, Wilkinson Barker Knauer
  • David A. Jermakian, CHMM, Dynamic Environmental Associates, Inc.
  • Clinton T. Papenfuss, Airspace Analyst, SBA Communications
  • Derek Phelps, Executive Director, Connecticut Siting Council

From metal theft legislation to backup power mandates, PCIA is the voice of the industry on wireless policy wireless infrastructure. Industry experts will converge to provide a behind-the-scenes look at emerging public policy and offer up-to-the minute analysis and commentary on the most important legal cases, regulatory proceedings, and legislative developments that impact existing assets and future deployment.

WiMax and LTE Deployments: Implementation and Infrastructure Implications

Track: Technology and Site Operations
Date: Monday, October 13, 2008
Time: 9:00 – 11:20 a.m.
Diplomat Ballroom 2

  • Moderator: Kurt Bagwell, COO, SBA Communications
  • Robert Davis, Manager, Xohm Campus and In-building Solutions, Sprint
  • Tormod Larsen, Vice President and CTO, ExteNet Systems
  • Johannes Terblanche, NAM Area Head, Network Planning and Optimization, Nokia-Siemens
  • Tony LeFebvre, Director, Product Management, Outdoor Wireless Products, Network Solutions, ADC
  • James G. Meyers, Group Leader, Site Implementation and Outside Plant Alcatel-Lucent, Inc.
  • David Porte, Chief Executive Officer, WFI

Driven largely by consumer demand for applications delivered over high performance networks, the migration of mobile networks to 4G will require flexible infrastructure to deliver targeted solutions for residential environments, enterprise and public facilities, macro network gaps and boosts, and remote coverage needs. Operators have more options than ever to complement and supplement macro coverage: femtocells, pico cells, indoor and outdoor distributed antenna systems (DAS), and small base stations designed for remote applications. This session will examine operator requirements for new mobile infrastructure elements that will scale and upgrade efficiently to support and enable the WiMAX and LTE landscapes.

Wireless 101 for Non-Technical Professionals

Sponsored by AGL

Special Interest Session
Date: Monday, October 13, 2008
Time: 9:00 – 10:05 a.m.
Diplomat Ballroom 3

  • Moderator: Paul Gannon, Finance, National Sales, Crown Castle International
  • Richard P. Biby, Publisher, AGL Magazine/Biby Publishing, LLC
  • Clay Brogdon, Manager,RF Engineering and Construction, Southern Linc
  • Mark Gartley, Manager, Regional Construction, US Cellular

HDSPA, UMTS, EDGE, CDMA, EDGE, 3G, 4G…. If the language of wireless is confusing to you, take heart – and take a seat. Designed especially for experts in fields other than wireless and delivered in plain language, this session will explain how wireless works and cover some of the most common mobile communication standards, channel access methods, and frequency bands in use today. Join in and emerge talking shop like a seasoned pro.

Small Tower Forum Power Hour

Sponsored by Media Capital Advisors

Special Interest Session
Date: Monday, October 13, 2008
Time: 10:15 – 11:20 a.m.
Diplomat Ballroom 3

  • Moderator: Steven R. Bitner, Managing Director, Media Capital Advisors, Inc.
  • Larry Harris, SBA Communications
  • Laurie Laney, Director, Lease Optimization, Lyle
  • James L. Murphy, Partner, Boult Cummings Conners & Berry, PLC
  • Daniel Ryan, CEO, BAC Communications Infrastructure Group
  • David J. Saul, AAI , Executive Vice President, Atlantic Risk Management Corporation
  • Mark Savit, Partner, Patton Boggs, LLP
  • Steve Walz, General Manager, RSI

The PCIA Small Tower Forum Power Hour provides a unique opportunity for owners of smaller portfolios to have a spotlight placed on their special circumstances and business needs. Attendees have the opportunity to network with other similarly situated business owners and get one-on-one expert attention to help their businesses achieve their potential. This unique session features roundtable discussions and provides an opportunity for small tower owners to ask questions and receive expert advice on the elements of the tower business that are important to them. This year's topics include:

  • Complying with federal, state, and local statutes
  • Raising capital
  • Managing risk
  • Preparing exit/accumulation strategies
  • Negotiating leases
  • Developing safety programs
  • Siting Mona Lisa facilities
  • Structuring real estate transactions

The Ultimate Power Lunch

Time: 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Great Halls 5 – 6

  • Moderator: Neil Boyer, Director, AT&T Towers
  • Rich Berliner, CEO, BCI Communications, Inc.
  • Joe Blanchard, VP, Product Line Management, ReliOn
  • Jim Lienau, Vice President, Technical Services and CTO, Cellcom
  • John M. Vivian, Corporate Account Manager/ Telecommunicaitons, Caterpillar
  • John DeBoever, Director, Industrial Power Systems, Sunwize Technologies, Inc.

Infrastructure resiliency, strategic site hardening, back up power mandates, emergency power solutions, alternative energy sources… All of these trends center on one key element – power supply. Operators have a strategic interest in deploying cost effective robust solutions to fulfilling their power needs. This luncheon will bring together representatives of the key facets of the power industry – generators, fuel cells, solar, solar components, and wind – to examine their suitability for different applications in wireless. This luncheon is open to all PCIA 2008 Wireless Infrastructure Show badge holders.

Collocation on Utility-Owned Infrastructure

Track: Technology and Site Operations
Date: Monday, October 13, 2008
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Diplomat Ballroom 2

  • Moderator: Edward L. Donohue, Partner, Donohue and Blue, PLC
  • Ronald Bilodeau, Staff Contracting Agent, Joint Use Supervisor, Nevada Power Company
  • Randy Hauk, Director, Wireless Collocation Infrastructure Development, First Telecom Services, LLC
  • J. Carl Nichols, Project Manager, Duke Energy Corporation
  • Jeff Ott, Manager, Northeast Region, Newpath Networks

The Federal Communications Commission and some regulated states have opened dockets to examine wireless attachments on utility infrastructure. The Utilisite Council, which made its debut at that Show, has developed a Process Benchmarking Study that examines best practices for key wireless attachment process areas. This year, the Council will use this session to unveil its findings with the goal of creating shared understanding, and, ultimately, increased utility collocation opportunities.

Innovative Approaches to Site Acquisition and Development

Sponsored by Network Building & Consulting, LLC

Special Interest Session
Date: Monday, October 13, 2008
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Diplomat Ballroom 3

  • Moderator: Pat Poling, President and CEO, Lyle
  • Laura Altschul, Vice President, Strategic Partnerships and Network Strategy, ExteNet Systems
  • Bruce Beard, National Operations Manager, Obstruction Evaluation Services, Air Traffic Organization, Federal Aviation Administration
  • Greg Calcari, Vice President, Business Development, mPower Innovations, Inc.
  • Tim Dennis, President, Invisible Towers, LLC
  • Tom Gawronski, Metro PCS
  • David E. Moss, President, DMA, Inc.
  • Greg Tully, Network Building and Consulting, LLC

In the realm of wireless service deployment, speed to market is becoming as or more important to their cost. Confronted with a myriad of federal regulations, state historic preservation limitations, zoning restrictions, and other issues, savvy site acquisition and development professionals pursue innovative solutions to meet their customers' demands. Professionals will offer their insights, compare notes, and share creative strategies for dealing with the infrastructure industry's most pressing problems.

Topics will include raw land builds, collocation on traditional and non-traditional structures, as well as site redevelopments, upgrades, and drop and swaps. Experts from the RF engineering/mobile network operator, site acquisition, project and construction management, infrastructure provider, and professional services arenas will delve into such topics as the art of site selection and acquisition, risk management through lease agreements, thought leadership on public engagement and zoning approvals, and best practices in project and construction management.

PCIA's 6th Annual Wireless Investors' Conference

Sponsored by RBC Daniels

Track sponsored by Media Venture Partners

Track: Finance and Business Operations
Date: Monday, October 13, 2008
Time: 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Diplomat Ballrooms 4 – 5

  • Moderator: Don Bechter, Managing Director, RBC Daniels, L.P.
  • Jonathan Atkin, Managing Director, RBC Capital
  • Jay Brown, CFO, Crown Castle International
  • David Coleman, Senior Research Associate, RBC Capital
  • Marc Ganzi, Chief Executive Officer, Global Tower Partners
  • Ric Prentiss, Director of Telecommunications Services Research, Managing Director – Equity Research, Raymond James
  • Jeff Stoops, CEO, SBA Communications
  • James Taiclet, CEO, American Tower
  • Bryan Tramont, Partner, Wilkinson Barker Knauer

This discussion of future wireless investments will include topics such as tower company valuations, mergers and acquisitions, and financing opportunities to provide a valuable financial report on the wireless infrastructure industry.

In today's challenging financial environment, tower operators need to be particularly attentive to factors that will assist the company in raising capital. This panel will discuss the state of the capital markets and the availability of capital for tower companies.

What is the state of the mergers and acquisitions market currently and looking forward? What are buyers looking for, which types of deals are getting done and what valuations can tower owners expect? What financing options are available and what are the best strategies to receive funding? This panel will explore these questions and more, giving tower owners a view of the financial alternatives as well as exit and accumulation strategies available in today's market.

This session will be comprised of research analysts who cover the tower industry as well as representatives from prominent tower companies with experience in mergers, acquisitions and financing deals.

SWAP: Local Impact Nationwide

Sponsored by Excell Communications

Track: Advocacy and Regulatory Compliance
Date: Monday, October 13, 2008
Time: 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Diplomat Ballroom 1

  • Moderator: Patricia Tant, Senior Vice President, Marketing and Customer Relations, Excell Communications
  • Douglas D. Dimitroff, Partner, Phillips Lytle, LLP
  • Jon Dohm, AICP, Zoning Manager, West Area, Crown Castle International
  • David Downie, Regional Program Manager, Cell Sites, AT&T Mobility
  • Jeffrey Peters, Business Development Manager, CFE Telecom
  • Nathan H. Ridley, Special Counsel and Director of Government Relations, Boult Cummings Conners & Berry
  • Andrew N. Rotenstreich, Partner, Haskell Slaughter Young & Rediker, LLC

In the past year members of the state wireless association program (SWAP) have promoted pro-siting legislation, defeated restrictive legislation, advocated solutions to the metal theft epidemic, educated industry and governmental representatives on pressing issues, developed comprehensive approaches to some of the industry's most complex challenges, and made generous contributions to worthy charities. Across the nation, industry people have banded together to deliver extraordinary outcomes that will have a lasting effect on the industry. Learn how SWAP has become a crucial instrument of change.

Competitors as Customers: Breakthrough Solutions for Collocation on Carrier-Owned Assets

Sponsored by KGI

Track: Technology and Site Operations
Date: Monday, October 13, 2008
Time: 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Diplomat Ballroom 2

  • Moderator: Matt Johnson, National Director of Collocation, Lyle
  • Ginger Good, Staff Manager – Alltel Towers, Alltel Communications, LLC
  • Hal Hodges, Director, Project Management, Metro PCS
  • Scott Quitadamo, Sales Manager, AT&T Towers
  • Allan Tantillo, Director, T-Mobile Towers, T-Mobile

Join this session to learn about the unique circumstances of collocating on competing carriers' assets and the challenge this situation presents. The panel will explore deployment lead times, the application and approval process, lease agreements, and customer care practices.

Managing Carrier Upgrades

Track sponsored by Media Venture Partners

Track: Finance and Business Operations
Date: Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Time: 1:30 – 2:45 p.m.
Diplomat Ballrooms 1 – 2

  • Moderator: Adam S. Walters, Partner, Phillips Lytle, LLP
  • Michael J. Belski, Vice President, Site Development, Global Tower Partners
  • Chris Gelinas, National Sales Manager, Site Leasing and Acquisition, Message Center Management
  • Richard P. Kummerle, P.E., P.P, P.G, Managing Principal, TECTONIC Engineering and Surveying Consultants P.C.
  • Veronica Sayer, Senior Manager, Vendor Relations, T-Mobile
  • John Spindler, Vice President, Wireless Product Management, Network Solutions, ADC

With rare exception, carriers prefer to make their modifications on facilities that they currently lease or own, rather than build a new facility or collocate on a different one. Sometimes these carrier improvements require additional tower, rooftop, or equipment room space. Often, the modifications go beyond spatial impacts to requirements for additional load capacity allocations, which can trigger a host of structural analyses.

Modifications that require height extensions, enlarged compounds, additional ground disturbance, or more visually obtrusive equipment could result in updated environmental studies, SHPO/THPO review, ASR registration, and local zoning approvals. This session will address the upgrade process and analyze the full range of impacts these modifications could have on macro sites as well as on outdoor and inbuilding distributed antenna systems (DAS) installations.

State Siting Legislation and the Link to Emergency Preparedness

Sponsored by Boult, Cummings, Conners & Berry, PLC

Track: Advocacy and Regulatory Compliance
Date: Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Time: 1:30 – 2:45 p.m.
Diplomat Ballroom 3

  • Moderator: Ed Roach, Associate General Counsel Regulatory Compliance, SBA Communications
  • Steven Caplan, Senior Manager, External Affairs, T-Mobile
  • D. Kirk Jamieson, Vice President and General Counsel, South Area, Verizon Wireless
  • Grant Spellmeyer, Director, Regulatory Affairs, U.S. Cellular

As an advocate to the wireless infrastructure industry, PCIA's top priority is to advance pro-siting legislation to expedite the deployment process, thereby helping wireless service providers realize benefit sooner and reduce overall costs. In the coming year, PCIA will pursue an aggressive legislative strategy with the purpose of ensuring the efficient integration of facilities necessary for the provision of advanced wireless communications services throughout the community and the ready availability of reliable wireless service to the public. This panel will provide an overview of the current legislative landscape and examine the critical linkage between wireless site deployment and public safety and emergency response benefit. Learn what you can do to support these crucial efforts.

Open Base Station Architecture: Can Standardization Enable True Innovation?

Track: Technology and Site Operations
Date: Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Time: 1:30 – 2:45 p.m.
Diplomat Ballrooms 4 – 5

  • Moderator: Allen Dixon, Corning Cable Systems
  • Robert Davis, Manager, Xohm Campus and In-Building Solutions, Sprint Nextel
  • Christian Lanzani, Senior Product Manager, Radiocomp ApS
  • Larry Fischer, ADC

Hyper-competition and aggressive build-out mandates, coupled with flattening ARPU and a faltering economy, leave mobile operators scrambling to deploy sites quickly and cheaply. Taking cues from the undeniable role that tower structure sharing has played in drastically cutting network CapEx, OpEx, and deployment lifecycles, wireless architects are now setting their sights on equipment as another infrastructure sharing opportunity. The use of distributed antenna systems (DAS) has already blazed a trail in this arena, but the lack of an interoperability standard between the base station and DAS equipment could slow progress. With DAS expected to play a critical role in enabling WiMAX and LTE roll-outs, the lack of "plug and play" solutions will ultimately sub-optimize network performance and limit the mobile operator's ability to maximize ROI. Join this panel of industry innovators as they explore global movements toward standardized open base station architectures and common radio interfaces. Learn how successes on these fronts could revolutionize wireless network design, deployment, and operation.

Strategic Partnerships in the Wireless Infrastructure Industry

Track sponsored by Media Venture Partners

Track: Finance and Business Operations
Date: Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Time: 3:00 – 4:15 p.m.
Diplomat Ballrooms 1 – 2

  • Moderator: Patricia Tant, Senior Vice President, Marketing and Customer Relations, Excell Communications
  • Terry Armant, Senior Vice President, Development, Global Tower Partners
  • R. Clayton Funk, Managing Director, Media Venture Partners, LLC
  • Angelique Stephens, Senior Manager, Engineering & Development, T-Mobile

Join leaders from national infrastructure providers to learn how these companies are using strategic partnerships to assist carriers meet their demanding and dynamic deployment. Understand how companies grow their businesses and execute on their business plan with the help of good partners from across the country. This session will help you identify potential opportunities for your business.

Emerging Trends in Zoning and Community Engagement

Sponsored by Channel Law Group

Track: Advocacy and Regulatory Compliance
Date: Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Time: 3:00 – 4:15 p.m.
Diplomat Ballroom 3

  • Moderator: Jay Perez, General Attorney, AT&T Mobility
  • George Asimos, Partner, Saul Ewing
  • Christopher B. Fisher, Partner, Cuddy and Feder, LLP
  • Esme Lombard, Senior Manager, Local Affairs, T-Mobile
  • Christopher J. (C.J.) Maier, North Florida Network Real Estate and Zoning, Verizon Wireless

This session is critical for anyone with responsibility for wireless site deployment. PCIA, and members of its state wireless association program (SWAP) have been very aggressive on the local front, working with local regulators to craft mutually beneficial land use controls that promote the efficient deployment of wireless services. Meanwhile, some resourceful advisors have also been busy devising new challenges to deployment. Join this panel of attorneys and public policy professionals as they analyze the latest court decisions, provide insights on trends on the zoning front, and offer perspective on developing strategies for deploying both traditional and non-traditional successful wireless facilities in new markets.

Backhaul to the Future

Sponsored by FiberTower

Track: Technology and Site Operations
Date: Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Time: 3:00 – 4:15 p.m.
Diplomat Ballrooms 4 – 5

  • Moderator: Randy Cobb, Chief Operating Officer, Lyle
  • Barton Filipiak, Manager, Wireless Market Development, Corning Cable Systems
  • Dave Jones, VP, Hi-Cap Planning & Development, FiberTower
  • Chris Zack, General Manager, Wireless Networks, Lightower
  • Mark Miller, Senior Consultant, Fixed Wireless Associates, LLC

Mobile operators are envisioning a future with wireless services competing cost effectively with wireline broadband capabilities. Ready access to fiber optic services can have a significant impact on operating margins and should be a consideration when determining tower placement. With backhaul costs hovering around 25% of total network OPEX and gaining access is a time consuming and costly process, some industry analysts contend that the cost structure of the backhaul network is the single biggest obstacle to profiting from mobile broadband service.

This panel will address how mobile network operators can solve their site bandwidth challenges working with tower operators, fiber operators and wholesale telecom suppliers to become more competitive.

The Outsourcing of Wireless Networks in an Open World

Track sponsored by Media Venture Partners

Track: Finance and Business Operations
Date: Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Time: 4:30 – 5:45 p.m.
Diplomat Ballrooms 1 – 2

  • Moderator: Bud Baab, CEO, Sitemaster
  • Tom Burson, Senior Associate, Pace Harmon
  • David J. Saul, AAI, Executive Vice President, Atlantic Risk Management Corporation
  • Martin G. Travers, President, Telecommunications Division, Black and Veatch Corporation
  • Brad Magnuson, Director, Global Services, Powerwave Technologies, Inc.

With the advent of open standards, open access and wireless service companies and are balancing the need to develop and market customer-facing applications and devices, and owning and operating networks. In the face of mounting pressure to maintain control over operating expenses while delivering carrier grade performance companies. Many are closely examining the strategic value of carrier networks. This panel will examine whether a wireless service company should consider outsourcing models for network operations. Panelists will also discuss current examples of full or partial network outsourcing in the marketplace today, and, identify the types of risks that are inherent and how these risks can be effectively managed.

DAS Compliance with Federal Regulations

Track: Advocacy and Regulatory Compliance
Date: Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Time: 4:30 – 5:45 p.m.
Diplomat Ballroom 3

  • Moderator: Billy Pyatt, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Corning Cable Systems
  • Chris Fagas, Director, RF Engineering, Lightower
  • Rick Good, Senior Product Manager, ADC

In the move toward open or hosted networks, carriers still bear the responsibility for ensuring their networks comply with all federal regulations. Of particular concern is how DAS supports location-based technologies that enable phases I and II compliance with enhanced 911 mandates. Carriers also need to ensure that there is no potential for harmful radio frequency interference and that systems fully comport with Federal Communications Commission rules on emissions. Similarly, for the public safety community, the use of modeling and verification tools to assess system performance during the deployment of public safety communications systems via inbuilding DAS architectures are paramount, particularly when public safety and commercial systems operate on the same backbone. Experts will address the regulatory requirements and discuss how DAS systems are designed to be fully compliant with prevailing regulation.

Optimizing Site Performance

Track: Technology and Site Operations
Date: Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Time: 4:30 – 5:45 p.m.
Diplomat Ballrooms 4 – 5

  • Jim Hopkins, Vice President, Sales, Sitemaster
  • Peter Jeffrey, Director, Site Performance, Lightower
  • Ben Stump, Chief Technology Officer, Kentrox, Inc.
  • Gary Williamson, Vice President, Client Services, Siterra

The wireless infrastructure industry constantly seeks to improve and assure the structural integrity of its wireless telecommunications facilities. Join this session to reevaluate the revised ANSI/TIA/EIA Standard (Rev G) and its impact in the last two years.

Customers of the Future

Sponsored by RCR Wireless News

Date: Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Time: 10:30 – 11:45 a.m.
Great Halls 5-6

  • Moderator: James D. Young, President, U.S. Tower Operations, Crown Castle International
  • Derek DiPerna, Director, US Mobility, Microsoft
  • Thomas W. Dolislager, Director, Alltel Towers, Alltel
  • Keith Kaczmarek, President, Cyrencall Communications
  • Daniel E. Rebeor, Senior Director, National Real Estate, Cricket Communications, Inc.
  • John Storch, Vice President, Network Deployment, Clearwire

This special session features the current and future customers of the wireless infrastructure industry. With the Federal Communications Commission's two largest spectrum auctions in history completed and band clearing efforts underway, along with a plethora of exciting new services in development, panelists will discuss with the latest offerings to users. They will also discuss their users deployment priorities and network upgrade strategies. This important session include practical information on how best your business can to help these customers of the future accomplish their deployment goals.

Back to top