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The deployment of new “small cell” antenna in the public right-of-way (ROW) is complex and requires a unique approach. While other wireless site development firms might falter because of a lack of familiarity with the ROW development process, NB+C has significant experience with creating an up-front road map for these required approvals, then mobilizing quickly to obtain the myriad of them simultaneously. These approvals include the procurement of the following contractual agreements: franchise, pole attachment, maintenance and ROW.
NB+C’s savvy ROW Specialists have experience educating both landlords and jurisdictions about C-RAN technology and have helped shaped policy by spearheading text amendments and zoning exemptions.
In conjunction with the policy road map, NB+C’s engineering and construction professionals understand the importance of predesign research and data collection. Only by working closely with municipal and utility infrastructure owners can the correct locations be chosen for the attachment of small cell antennae. This must take into account the primary use and structural capacity of existing poles, make-ready and electrical design, and availability of fiber.
When deploying small cells, it is not the firm that understands and implements the design that delivers the best results—it is the firm that creates both policy and the design.
NB+C is that firm.
The upgrade of existing wireless site locations is a very important process in the continuing evolution of these networks. As each site is upgraded – either through an antenna modification, an addition of a new generator or the replacement of an outdated backhaul system – the demands on the underlying infrastructure (tower, rooftop, water tank, utility pole or some other vertical asset) continue to increase.
NB+C is extremely well versed in the key factors for delivering a successful modification project to our clients.
As most modification efforts include a large number of site locations, it is critical to the project’s success that this high volume of work is funneled through the development process both quickly and efficiently. This means that leasing and land-use professionals with specialized experience in site upgrade work need to be deployed under dedicated project management personnel. It further means that civil and structural engineering teams familiar with the new technology being deployed and its impact on existing antenna mounts, and with a particular focus on production efficiency, need to be ready to work very closely with real estate professionals. Finally, highly mobile and energized construction and integration crews must be ready to tackle aggressive build schedules.
Only by utilizing an overlapping and integrated development system composed of multiple service lines will a modification project, large or small, be completed on time.
This is what NB+C offers, and this is what NB+C does.
Our clients simply cannot wait for new technologies to be deployed. NB+C makes sure they don’t have to.
Given the maturation of wireless networks over the years, the deployments of new macro antenna installations have become some of the most challenging projects in the industry.
The complexity of new antenna attachments to existing structures as well as the development new tower assets derives from higher property values, increasingly restrictive zoning ordinances, the structural demands on existing infrastructure and the narrowing of specific locations of radio-frequency need for the wireless services providers.
NB+C attacks this complexity with project teams that specialize in these challenges.
Our Site Acquisition Specialists are some of our savviest negotiators with an eye on obtaining favorable lease terms saving our clients significant OPEX over the life of the lease, and our land use professionals thrive in complex zoning environments which require both high-level community outreach and public hearing presentations.
In addition, NB+C’s new site build civil and structural engineers offer expertise in complex site design to include storm water management, erosion and sediment control and landscaping, as well as tower mapping, structural analyses, and frame design.
Finally, our antenna and line construction crews are some of the best and safest in the industry at antenna attachment and new tower stacking and modification.
As wireless new antenna builds become more rare, so to do the experienced professionals who can deliver on their deployments.
Fiber-optic cable is a key backhaul transport medium for today’s wireless networks.
As such, a very important part of NB+C’s mission as a premier developer of telecommunications infrastructure is to maintain, upgrade and continue the growth of fiber systems. These systems not only support wireless networks but also service the communication needs of residential, commercial and government customers.
Much as the development of wireless infrastructure requires specialized knowledge of and expertise with wireless technology, so does the development of fiber systems.
NB+C understands this and has invested in real estate, engineering and construction professionals who understand the intricacies of fiber design and deployment. From data collection (utility location, duct verification, fiber audits) to expansion (new rings, new C-RAN backbone) to maintenance (relocation, manhole upgrades), each aspect of the fiber network growth process is performed in house, and we work closely with our clients.
With significant experience on both outside plant (OSP) (aerial and underground) and inside plant (ISP) design build projects, NB+C differentiates itself from many players in the wireless consulting space.
Fiber-optic networks may be a key component to wireless networks, but they stand on their own as vital and independent infrastructure.
Satellite-based communication systems are truly cutting-edge technology and a new and growing part of the telecommunications infrastructure space.
As such, the development of terrestrial base stations to support orbital satellites requires an entirely new approach to siting. This approach—dependent on ground space needs, azimuth and look angle identification, and power and fiber availability—necessitates real estate professionals who have been retrained in the specifics of these search criteria.
Project success also depends on engineering and construction teams with experience in foundation design and the use of ground-penetrating radar (GPR) as well as heavy civil construction and the installation of satellite antenna equipment.
Perhaps most important is a keen understanding of the way that an entire system of terrestrial base stations, all linked by fiber-optic cable, works in harmony with satellites circling the globe.
Each link is important, and the system is the future.
For NB+C, however, the future is now.