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AGL Southern Regional Conference



Event Date


Event Time

From: 8:00 am – To: 4:00 pm

Registration Fee: $95

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Event Venue

Marriott Atlanta Buckhead
The conference will take place at the Marriott Atlanta Buckhead
3405 Lenox Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30326

Hotel Rooms are available at 149.00 plus tax, the rate is available until February 21, 2013.
Please call 888.855.7741 and mention “AGL Regional Conference” click here to reserve a room.


*Subject to change

March 21

 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Meet other attendees at the cash bar reception in the Marriott from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., the evening before the conference. Sponsored by TE Connectivity.

March 22

8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Networking
Continental Breakfast
Welcome: Rich Biby
9:00 a.m to 10:00 a.m. Site Acquisition: Where Will All the Wireless Go?You have all heard the statistics on wireless growth, but where will all these antennas and nodes be located? This session will teach you how to meet the zoning challenges and take advantage of the opportunities in innovative antenna siting. Stay on top of the trends in siting macrocells, microcells and DAS, whether it is a greenfield development or on rooftops or on street furniture. Our panel of experts will fill you in on the best practices in siting on federal properties, churches and schools.

  • Bill Sill, Wilkinson Barker Knauer (moderator)
  • Kimberly Adams, Compass Technology Services
  • Marvin Webster, Environmental Corporation of America
  • Kathy Elliott, MasTec Network Solutions
  • Shawn Blasingill, T-Mobile
  • Sonny Pieper, AT&T
10:00 a.m. to 10:55 a.m. Wireless Business Trends Roundtable This session will scrutinize the business side of the wireless industry, from tower brokerage to Wall Street to carrier class Wi-Fi. Stay up to date on the critical factors that have an impact on our industry, whether it is the latest mergers, cash infusions or LTE deployment news. You will learn where the opportunities are to increase your profits, whether you own towers or integrate wireless systems.

  • Neil Boyer, AT&T Towers (moderator)
  • Jason Nicolay, Media Venture Partners
  • Larry Harris, SBA Communications
  • Paul Reynolds, CMA Industries
  • Ben Moebes, Ruckus Wireless
11:00 p.m. to 12:00 p.m. LTE and the Art of Achieving and Maintaining Tower Integrity With LTE systems rolling out at a furious pace, can proper equipment installations keep up? This session will teach you a wide range of best practices for deploying equipment on towers and keeping them in working order. Plus, keys for keeping tower climbers safe.

  • Will Jacobs, RETEL Services (moderator)
  • John M. Celentano, TESSCO
  • Dave Anthony, NATE
  • Scot Bohaychyk, Clearfield
  • William Heiden, Valmont
  • Marie Russell, SkyBuilt Power
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m.to 2:15 p.m. Small Cell, DAS, Wi-Fi – the New Wireless Frontier While it goes by different names – metrocell, picocell, microcell, DAS node and carrier-grade Wi-Fi – the result is the same, increased capacity and coverage enhancement. You will learn the latest technology trends in the deployment of multiple, smaller coverage area nodes. Additionally, you will learn the market drivers. All of which are critical to playing in this quickly evolving space.

  • Pat Tant, Solution Seven (moderator)
  • Mark Kerschner, TE Connectivity
  • Darlene Braunschweig, Tempest Telecom
  • Ali Sar, 123eWireless
  • Derick Smith, AT&T
2:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Vertical Markets: Fertile Ground for Small-cell Technology Through case studies and analysis, learn about niche markets where small-cell technology will thrive.  The healthcare space is rife with possibilities for wireless, whether it is connecting smart phones indoors, accessing electronic medical records or monitoring medical telemetry systems. Bringing smaller cells – whether DAS, Wi-Fi or small cell – to campuses and stadiums is also a challenging, high-profile venture.  Come hear how to overcome the challenges in these complex yet most lucrative environments.

  • Janet Gill, Solution Seven (moderator)
  • Chris Meyer, ExteNet Systems
  • Ken Wedholm, STEALTH
  • Ben Moebes, Ruckus Wireless
  • Melissa Ashurst, AT&T

November 2012

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Alvarion Technology-Refresh Boosts Wi-Fi, DAS Product Line

Alvarion has unveiled a new business strategy and multi-technology wireless broadband product portfolio.  The end-to-end portfolio now addresses Wi-Fi access solutions, as well as the other needs of the wireless Internet service provider (WISP) market. Also part of its turnaround business strategy was recapitalizing by selling its patent portfolio for $19 million in earlier this month.

With the WIMAX market in flux, Alvarion has looked to expand its reach into the in-building wireless market. In October of last year, it introduced the BreezeCell flat-architecture, active indoor DAS. Additionally, it has been integrating two companies it purchased in the last year, Clariton Networks and Wavion. Alvarion purchased Clariton, an Israeli company that develops communications equipment and infrastructure to deliver cellular voice and data to homes in May 2011. With the acquisition of Wavion in November 2011, Alvarion picked up the WBSn family of Gigabit outdoor Wi-Fi base stations operating in the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz unlicensed bands.

“We always had Wi-Fi but we expanded the portfolio to include a complete end-to-end carrier-grade Wi-Fi family that covers indoor, outdoor and 3G offload,” said Gil Shacham, senior director of marketing, Alvarion.

Today, a wireless vendor must provide multiple technology platforms to be successful in meeting the needs of its customers, Shacham said.

“As a wireless vendor, we recognize that our customers use licensed and non-licensed spectrum. Our business is to deliver solutions that address these diverse telecom needs,” Shacham said. “Therefore, our multi-technology platform (Wi-Fi, WiMAX, cellular) offers a comprehensive, flexible solution that meets our customers’ needs and allows us to expand into new markets where the value of wireless is being recognized.”

The additional small cell product lines allow Alvarion to expand its markets to compete in the education, smart city, public safety/video surveillance, transportation, oil and gas, mining, and hospitality industries, as well as providing public hot spots.

Mike Cowan, president of Wireless Connections, a WISP, said he supported Alvarion’s multi-technology platform and business turnaround efforts.  “Streamlining sales and product development for a more efficient go-to market strategy is already beginning to show results,” he said. “Our book of business in the traditional ISP/telco space is showing strong growth in new projects. We are also seeing significant development in alternate markets such as rail, government and military.”

October 2012

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September 2012

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