Nearly 400 people attended the first ever AGL Virtual Summit, held June 10 by the AGL Media Group. The two-hour conference featured a keynote, a case study and two panel sessions covering small cells and macrotowers.
Afghanistan veteran Joshua Broder, CEO of Portland, Maine-based Tilson, shared stories about his days deploying networks on military missions and how the leadership lessons that he learned along the way are applicable to crisis leadership for organizations today.
Trey Nemeth, general manager, Raycap | STEALTH, presented a small cell deployment case study in downtown Miami, which took place in in advance of the Super Bowl. He discussed the challenges he faced meeting a tight deadline with aesthetically pleasing multi-carrier small cells built to withstand 170 mph winds.
During “Small Cells: Coming to a Street Pole Near You,” the panel discussed zoning, permitting and aesthetic challenges that municipalities and carriers face in the rush to densify networks. Best practices were covered for helping small cell OEMs and cities work together smoothing the process. The session was moderated by Sharpe Smith, AGL Media Group; and the panelists were Sean Gallagher, director of sales, Valmont Site Pro 1; Robert “Tripp” May lll, managing partner, Telecom Law Firm.
“Towers: Coping in a Time of Turmoil” revealed that towers are doing quite well, even though the economy is officially in a recession, Americans are socially distancing and cities are seeing civil unrest. Led by Jennifer Fritzsche, senior analyst, Wells Fargo Securities, the panel featured Alex Gellman, CEO of Vertical Bridge and Tony Peduto, CEO, CTI Towers.