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The Race to 5G Deployment - Find Balance for Streamlining Processes and Lowering Risk to Pole Plants

Wednesday, July 20, 2022 | 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. EDT


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This presentation will provide an overview of small cell antenna technology and field equipment, the operational challenges and structural requirements to install small cell equipment on utility poles, and the impact of regulatory policies and government funding that is intended to accelerate the deployment of broadband to communities across the nation. This presentation will include a utility case study from a utility that understands the opportunities that exist for utilities with 5G deployments and has created best practices for administering and managing the joint use of wireless, wireline, and electric facilities on utility poles. This webinar will cover:

  • Basic elements of 5G and small cell technology and their impact on today's communication trends
  • An overview of federal funding for broadband deployments
  • Utility business case for implementing new technologies and collaboration processes to improve both internal and external utility communications networks
  • A case study on a utility that is successfully managing increased wireless industry requests to attach antennas and fiber to their poles.
  • New technology initiative deployment goals and plan
  • Pros and cons for various technology options as they apply to services delivery by a utility or independent regional carrier
  • Wood pole loading for small cell application
  • New technology for pole loading

About the Presenter:

Ron Bilodeau - Director, Strategic Solutions

Ron is a Director - Strategic Solutions with Osmose. He has more than 35 years of experience in both telecommunications construction and electric utility operations management. Ron earned an MBA and BA in Communications and Management from the University of Nevada Las Vegas, a Graduate Certificate in Renewable Energy from the University of Nevada Reno, and is a Certified Project Management Professional. In his current role, he provides solutions and recommendations to the utility and broadband industries on a wide-ranging scope of requirements including joint use, broadband buildout, and wireless attachment and colocation programs and processes.

Tony Suppa - Project Manager

Tony Suppa works as a Project Manager with Public Service Electric and Gas (PSEG) in Newark, New Jersey.  Anthony is responsible for the management of wireless co-location on all-electric transmission towers and distribution poles for PSEG. Anthony is a 1981 graduate of Newark College of Engineering ( NJIT ) and is a Licensed Professional Engineer in the state of New Jersey.