Impacts of 5G on Utility Structures


Wednesday, January 27, 2021 | 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. EST

This webinar is complimentary and intended for utility asset owners.


This presentation will provide an overview of small cell antenna technology and field equipment, the operational challenges and structural impact of installing small cell equipment on utility poles, some of the opportunities that exist for utilities with 5G deployments and review 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
  • Utility business case for implementing new technologies and collaboration processes to improve both internal and external utility communications networks
  • 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
  • Sensitivity of variables on pole loading results

About the Presenter

Ron Bilodeau is a Senior Solutions Consultant – Technical Services with Osmose. Ron 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. 


Nelson Bingel has over 30 years of industry experience focused around structural aspects of overhead lines. He received a BSME degree from Purdue University and has worked on research and development of improved structure inspection processes and restoration systems along with software for field strength and loading evaluation. Nelson was Chairman of the Strength and Loading Subcommittee of the NESC for the last two code cycles and has been Chairman of the full NESC Committee since 2016. Nelson is also Chairman of the Accredited Standards Committee O5 which develops standards for new wood poles and crossarms.



This webinar is complimentary and intended for utility asset owners.