A training course titled Spectrum Fundamentals – One Band at a Time will be offered to attendees of the South Wireless Summit in Nashville on March 29 at 2:30 p.m.
Led by Dr. Rikin Thakker, the Chief Technology Officer of the Wireless Infrastructure Association, this 2-hour training offers practical information designed for anyone working in telecommunications, including deployment, design, engineering, installation, management, sales, and marketing. Attendees will earn a certificate of completion.
The course will address such topics and issues as:
What is Spectrum? Why is it important?
Types of Frequency Bands: Low-band, Mid-band, mmWave Bands
Coverage and Capacity; Bands currently in use for 4G and 5G
Licensed Vs Unlicensed Spectrum
History of Spectrum Auctions: role of ITU, FCC, and NTIA -Recent Developments
CBRS band, C-band, mmWave Bands
Future bands for 6G.
The course cost $199, but attendees can apply the discount code TECSWS for an additional 20 percent off. For more information, visit South Wireless Summit 2021 | Nashville or contact WIA, 2111 Wilson Blvd., Suite 210, Arlington, VA 22201, USA, 703.739.0300 for details.
Mission Critical Partners has launched an advanced training program aimed at preparing public safety and justice agencies to be cognizant of cyberattack threats, why and how they work, and how to strengthen their defenses against them, according to a statement from the company.
“Cybersecurity continues to be a persistent challenge for government agencies, including those operating in the public safety, justice, and other mission-critical sectors,” the statement reads. “These entities must be constantly vigilant in their efforts to prevent breaches, a task made incredibly difficult given the ingenuity of cyberattackers, the increasing quantity of attacks targeting the public sector, and the reality that attack vectors evolve by the hour.”
In 2021, ransomware attacks increased more than 300 times over the same period in 2020, according to the company’s president of lifecycle management services, David S. Jones. According to Jones, a massive number of new records landed in dark web data markets, giving cybercriminals added fuel to execute phishing attacks, typically via emails that appear at first glance to be legitimate. He said the goal is to entice the recipient to unwittingly unleash malware by opening the email or clicking on an attachment.
Mission Critical Partners’ training program is designed specifically for public-sector agencies and is available as two separate training courses, according to the company statement.
The first course, “Advanced Cybersecurity for Leadership,” is designed for an organization’s leadership and would educate them regarding the importance of cybersecurity and, on a high level, how to achieve it. The company said the goal of the course is to ensure that those in the leadership program can develop a solid foundational strategy for defending against cyberattacks.
Advanced Cybersecurity for the Front-Line Employee,” would educate front-line staff, including telecommunicators and supervisors, regarding the importance of good cyber-hygiene practices, the latest threats that are emerging, and how to identify and take ownership of their role in improving the cybersecurity posture of their organization.
Mission Critical Partners said that each course consists of two, two-hour classes that will be available virtually or on-site.
Applications for the NATE STAR (Safety, Training, Accountability and Reliability) initiative program must be submitted to the NATE office no later than Tuesday, Aug. 31, according to NATE: The Communications Infrastructure Contractors Association.
The NATE STAR Initiative 2021-2022 enrollment period began July 1. According to NATE, this is the only time of year when new participants are accepted. Current participants also must re-apply.
NATE said that the program, which started its 12th year in 2021-2022, continues to gain momentum and has enrolled a record-breaking number of participating companies in recent years.
The program’s site safety audits and program documentation requirements have served to allow participants to identify and correct hundreds of job site hazards and deficiencies. These results have allowed NATE to extrapolate valuable benchmarks and tangible data from the program, while demonstrating compelling evidence that NATE STAR member companies are leading the charge in terms of making our industry safer.
Additionally, according to NATE, now that the STAR Initiative program has an elevated presence in the marketplace, many of the wireless carriers, tower owner/vertical realtors, OEMs and turnkey/construction management firms continue to emphasize the importance of hiring STAR Initiative members due to the leadership and strong safety track record displayed by participating companies.
The STAR Initiative is often used as a key requirement factor when evaluating qualified contractors during the bidding process. Simply put, companies who participate in the STAR Initiative program are placing their respective firms in a strong business position with prominent wireless industry customers and vendors.
For further information on this free program, click here. To become a member of the NATE STAR Initiative, review the eligibility and participation requirements criteria, complete the appropriate application form, and submit it.
Nokia Bell Labs 5G Secured Networks course, part of the company’s program to train and certify industry professionals on 5G technology from network access to application management, addresses vulnerabilities faced by industries, governments and individuals to secure 5G wireless communications systems.
“Securing 5G networks has moved to the forefront as an industry imperative, for which comprehensive end-to-end solutions are needed,” a statement from Nokia reads.
Nokia said that the eight-hour web-based course, which can be completed at the learner’s own pace, covers the processes, tools, technologies and resources needed to implement an effective program that proactively prevents and resolves threats to network security. Course participants will examine the role of 5G security in network, software and cloud environments, and they will apply an understanding of security threats, protections and potential responses through a series of real-world case study exercises, according to the company.
“The Nokia Bell Labs 5G Certification Program offers professionals across the information and communications technology industry two levels of certification – associate and professional – that deliver essential knowledge covering everything from the basics of 5G networks to professional level planning and design,” the company said.
May 2, 2017 —
The nonprofit that recruits, trains and places veterans into the wireless industry, Warriors4Wireless (W4W), is set to dramatically increase the amount of seasoned talent that it infuses into the development of broadband networks, Major General Kevin J. Kennedy, president of the nonprofit, told an audience at the Wireless West Conference in April.
“In the past three years, W4W has placed 1,000 veterans in the wireless industry. Based on the needs in the wireless industry we could triple that,” Kennedy said. “We are trying to take what Kelley Dunne (Executive Chairman and Co-founder) did with W4W and scale it up. It not only does great things for veterans but it does great things for the wireless industry.”
Kennedy joined W4W in February as Senior Advisor to the CEO and just recently became president of the organization. His 32 years of wartime service included tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan and more than 3,600 hours of operational flying, including 145 hours flown in combat. In addition, he served as Director of Joint Strategic Planning at U.S. Strategic Command, Senior In-country Air Force Strategist and Advisor to the Commander of U.S. Forces in Afghanistan, and Commander of the U.S. Air Force Global Cyberspace Integration Center.
Kennedy noted that veterans receive $100,000 to $200,000 worth of training during their tours in the military, making them potentially highly skilled assets. He told a story about meeting a man who was working for a moving company, but during his active duty he served the Air Force climbing towers and as a certified electrician maintaining systems at a base overseas.
“When I told him what he could do in the wireless industry as opposed to the moving industry, he jumped at the chance,” Kennedy said.
Kennedy wants to begin a dialogue with the wireless industry concerning its personnel needs. For W4W to be a successful conduit to funnel veterans into the wireless industry, he said, it must have up-to-date knowledge of the positions that need to be filled. He called out to the industry to inform him of their labor needs.
“It all starts with our industry partners telling us what types of jobs that you would like to hire a veteran into,” he said. “We then go back to the military and line up people, put them through the right training so we can place them with you. I need you to help me if I am going to help you.”
Verticom Helping with W4W Training
Verticom, which designs, develops and maintains broadband networks, has been selected as the southern regional training facility by W4W. Jeff Lewis, president and founder, noted that the wireless industry is going run into a labor shortage as next generation networks are built out and filling the openings will go beyond tower climbers to include a spectrum of communications technicians and professionals.
“We are taking the tower climbers that they want to be trained, but we are expanding the program to include the whole ecosystem, including fiber splicers, fiber testers, project managers and coordinators, civil, electrical and installation technicians, and more,” Lewis said.
Beyond tower climbers, the industry needs to focus on adding engineers and real estate professionals, he added.
“For 5G and IoT, we need real estate professionals with pole attachment and rights of way experience,” Lewis said. “With the training we are doing at Verticom, we are trying to look 12 to 36 months out when the big demand for labor in wireless is going to hit.”
As a volunteer for W4W, Lewis is putting together the business model that will allow the organization to grow through the addition of regional training centers located across the nation.
“I think it is something great for the wireless industry,” he said. “Returning vets are sometimes forgotten. We are trying to give them purpose and meaning again for their lives, placing them in the industry so they can provide for their families.”