Future Technologies awarded the March CREW OF THE MONTH award to this LTE upgrade crew based in the Alabama and Georgia Market. This crew demonstrated superior workmanship with their sites having Zero (0) workmanship punch items for their sites completed in the month. This requires commitment to quality standards and team work. Great job Team!
As part of the disaster recovery efforts in the Caribbean, Future Technologies has been contracted to Design, Furnish, Install and Commission inter-island microwave links throughout the Caribbean. These links will connect islands at up to 40 miles in distance with speeds in excess of 1 GB.
Future Technologies has been in the Caribbean market for over 10 years and has the specialty skills to provide solutions for these mission critical network solutions. Please contact us if you have any similar requirements.
Future Technologies awarded the January CREW OF THE MONTH award to this LTE upgrade crew based in the Georgia Market. In the month of January this crew successfully completed three (3) full LTE site upgrades exceeding our Tier 1 Wireless Carrier customer’s timelines. They also demonstrated great team work and workmanship on their deliverables.
Future Technologies focuses on recruiting the best resources available and training to the best standards possible. With this principle in mind, we provide COMMTRAIN, Safety LMS, OSHA, First Aid / CPR, RF Awareness and specialty training for our field employees.
Future Technologies also makes specific investments with our technology partners to provide product specific training to give our employees the best chance for success.
Since the initial storm cleared from Hurricane Irma through Hurricane Maria, Future Technologies' team has been providing End to End disaster recovery support for the Caribbean region. Future Technologies coordinated supply chain procurement and kitting services for microwave and cellular solutions to help meet the recovery efforts. Future Technologies also provided real-time project management and engineering support to help our customer find solutions to problems as they were uncovered.
In addition to supply chain and project management support, Future Technologies deployed up to 12 trained tower engineers (Microwave & Cellular) to market to help with the recovery efforts. Through the hard work of our team members we were able to work with local cellular providers, government agencies, and utility companies to get the critical telecom infrastructure back up and into service.
Without the hard work and resiliency of these field employees, these efforts would have not been possible.
Great job team!
The Future Is Bright.... Elle Mark Sebastian
At Future Tech we are always looking at the “Future” and trying to develop our employees to meet the demands of tomorrow, today.
Elle Mark is a team member that has been working for our Supply Chain Management Division doing Stage and Prepping. In this role, Elle Mark is able to work in a controlled environment to help the company take unfinished/raw materials and convert them to a form of finished product.
Benefits of Program:
- DEVELOPMENT – This role allows the company to train new employees the basic principles of our business and integrate them into our company culture.
- PREP - Convert raw materials to a pre-fabricated state. This creates an assembly line approach and reduces our time on site for the construction crew members.
- TESTING - Pre-test equipment to baseline system performance (Sweeps, PIMs, Screen Shots)
- QUALITY – All work is reviewed by FT Project Controls Division to ensure quality standards are met.
- TRAINING - Training in a controlled environment
Nestor joined Future Technologies in 2016 as a member of the FT Project Controls Division (Centralized Close Out Package Dept). In this role Nestor has excelled in establishing best practice delivery mechanisms for our Project Close Out Package (COP) requirements. Through Nestor’s efforts and the efforts our field team members, the company has successfully processed over 5000 projects in that period of time.
Keep up the good work Nestor!
Ian joined the team in 2015 and quickly demonstrated a desire to be a positive team contributor. In the past year Ian has been playing a pivotal role in our deployment of Cell on Wheel (COW) deployments across the country. Through Ian's efforts to create solutions to problems in Q3 2017, we are recognizing him as the employee of the quarter, congrats Ian!
Or as the COW team says, MOOOOOOOOOOO!
Azel was selected for this award based upon his leadership and workmanship efforts in supporting our Network Build Division in constructing our Tier 1 wireless operator LTE networks. Great job Azel, keep up the good work!
Many electric coops have fiber in the ground as well as access to vertical assets (Towers) to create a strong and cost-effective hybrid Fixed Wireless Broadband (FWB). The challenge that many of our customers have is bridging the gap of how to design, install and maintain these wireless networks.
It’s important to have a total solution plan in place for how to address this scenario. Is it temporary solution (till fiber is built) or long term (Fixed Wireless Broadband Deployment)? What capacity do you need in your network to serve the different use-cases? What may your future capacity requirements be?
The COOP should also consider if you plan to install equipment and maintain it yourselves. Most coops we work with use a Lead System Integrator (LSI) to design, configure and install these networks. Some of these same customers also utilize 3rd party organizations to provide a managed service to operate and maintain the networks.
Once you have the preliminary info it’s important to go through a formal, if not informal RFP process to allow for potential vendors to bid the project. Sometimes it’s a good idea to have an integrator or other third party assist with writing this RFP so all your requirements are documented. Some key things to include or look for during this process are such differentiators as capacity, availabilities, frequencies and antenna heights and sizes to name a few. For example, certain products may allow for smaller antenna sizes due to increased system gain.
We’d be interested to hear if you have seen similar challenges and what solutions your coop has evaluated.
For some recent success cases for coops with wireless please Click Here
Sean... we tip our hat to you my friend.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Redline and Future Technologies Partner to Deliver Private LTE Networks
First pilot initiated with military customer
TORONTO , June 22, 2017 /CNW/ - Redline Communications (www.rdlcom.com) Group Inc. (RDL.TO), a leading provider of wide-area wireless networks for the most challenging applications and locations, today announces its partnership with Future Technologies Ventures, LLC (Future Technologies) to offer Future Technologies' military customers Redline's mobile LTE product line for tactical rapid deployment purposes. Learn more about Redline's private LTE network products.
"Through consultation with our existing military customers who currently operate their own private networks, it became clear they required a network evolution that is standards based and LTE was the best long-term path forward. We are seeing this convergence of thought with all of our customers across all vertical markets," said Peter Cappiello , Future Technologies CEO.
"With this in mind, we wanted to use the best technology on the market. Redline became the obvious choice for us after we tested various vendors unsuccessfully. Redline clearly demonstrated they have the best-in-class technology on the market and the skills required to ensure the solution truly works. We were also impressed with Redline's strong capability to deploy a full mobility LTE network including design, RF planning, deployment and commissioning. As a systems integrator, being able to leverage Redline's service expertise enhances the overall quality of service we deliver to our customers," Mr. Cappiello said.
Through this partnership, Future Technologies and Redline are jointly executing their first commercial LTE pilot for a military customer for use in disaster recovery, first responder and general tactical deployments. Redline's technology is ideally suited for the deployable LTE market. The form factor of the EPC core and eNodeB makes it perfectly suited for deployable situations such as mobile military units, providing coverage for temporary or permanent camps, and many other environments where there is no fixed infrastructure or where fast deployment coverage is required.
In addition to this current pilot, Future Technologies has positioned Redline's LTE product across their private network customer base, across several vertical markets including rail, first responders, military, utility, maritime and oil and gas.
"Redline is very pleased to work with Future Technologies as one of our Certified Partners as we grow our channel and focus on our LTE deployments," says Redline CEO, Rob Williams . "Redline has found that LTE solutions require system integrators with advanced LTE expertise. We are delighted to have a world class partner in Future Technologies with the experience and capability to deliver full turn-key private LTE solutions."
About Redline Communications Redline Communications (www.rdlcom.com) is the creator of powerful wide-area wireless networks for the most challenging applications and locations. Used by oil and gas companies to manage their assets, militaries for secure battlefield communications, municipalities to remotely monitor highways, utilities and other infrastructures, and telecom service providers to deliver premium services. Redline's powerful and versatile networks reliably and securely deliver voice, data, machine-to-machine (M2M), Internet of Things (IoT) and video communications. For more information visit www.rdlcom.com.
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Redline Communications is the creator of powerful wide-area wireless networks for the most challenging locations and mission-critical applications. Redline networks are used by oil and gas companies to manage onshore and offshore assets, by militaries for secure battlefield communications, by municipalities to remotely monitor infrastructure, and by telecom service providers to deliver premium services.
Growing capacity demands are universal. There is no one end user that can honestly say their bandwidth needs are not increasing. This leaves integrators like ourselves looking for products that can solve capacity needs today but also plan for the Future. With Cambium’s Medusa you may just have that radio. Boasting incredible spectral efficiency which allows it to reach over 400Mbps in a 20Mhz channel size is really ground-breaking stuff. Most RF environments make it difficult to find 40MHz of clean spectrum, let alone 80MHz. So being able to get over 400 Mbps in a 20 MHz channel is crucial for most customers who see the same RF challenges.
Future proof?... Good question. What happens when you need even more capacity?.... Even better question.
An important aspect of radios that are future proof is the ability to software upgrade to meet changing requirements. Ripping out old hardware for new is not cost efficient and takes a lot of time and planning. So make sure to choose equipment that has the ability to software upgrade as well as update firmware remotely. The later makes it easier for manufacturers to push firmware revisions to their customers.
So what’s in the works for Cambium’s Medusa? We suppose they will release a firmware later this year for larger channel sizes. Maybe somewhere in the 25, 30, even 45 range but we shall see... Cliffhanger.
Check back often for our next blog. Feedback welcome in the comments section.
Knoxville Utilities Board Selects DragonWave Harmony Enhanced MC for Smart Grid Modernization Project
DragonWave Inc. announced the selection of the Harmony Enhanced MC backhaul solution by Knoxville Utilities Board (KUB). KUB is an independent agency of the City of Knoxville that provides electricity, gas, water and water waste services to customers in Knoxville and parts of seven surrounding counties (Over 750 square miles). This deployment will increase available bandwidth, reduce overall network operation and maintenance (O&M) costs and improve reliability of the overall field network.
DragonWave's Harmony Enhanced MC will extend KUB's existing fiber/wireline facilities to create a hybrid wireless and wireline network. KUB will use Harmony Enhanced MC to create fiber type connections via wireless, through the radios ability to support multiple channels with high modulation (up to 2048 QAM) in one small form factor.
Peter Cappiello, Future Technologies, President and CEO, "By selecting Dragonwave's Harmony Enhanced MC for our bid, we were able to reach and exceed the capacity and reliability values required using 3' antennas instead of comparison examples that would have required 6' antennas. Each 1' of antenna reduction decreased the potential for new tower requirements (CAPEX), as well as the re-occurring costs associated with larger dishes (OPEX), which made the decision simple for KUB."
For More Information on this announcement please click here
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Congrats to Jake on being selected employee of the 3rd quarter.
There’s a Jet for everyone
As capacity demands are ever increasing in Enterprise Networks there is still need for residential multipoint products with lower total cost of ownership. In this case one shoe doesn’t fit all and this is why Radwin has opened up the portfolio to incorporate products that fit each specific business case.
Residential networks are Jumping on JET AIR
With the release of Radwin’s new JET AIR base stations and subscribers residential service providers are jumping on board in droves. The JET AIR utilizes the same beamforming antennas that allows for increased interference mitigation that you have come to expect from a Radwin base station. By employing the standard residential market Best Effort subscriber service levels Radwin was able to keep the total hardware costs down on the JET AIR making it a perfect for these networks.
Starter Kits at a Discount
To get you started Radwin is offering an additional 15% off MSRP on your first JET AIR Purchase until 3/31/17.