With given number of mobile users and anticipated increase in use of mobile phones in future the cell tower and carrier companies will have to build many more new towers.Many a times these companies consider self-storage properties for building new cell-tower sites.Property owners should be aware of the tremendous income potential of leasing out their property assets to cellular companies.Taking educated decision would help them optimize the cell tower lease agreements in their own favor.AdvantagesSupplementary income- As soon as you sign the cell-site agreement you start incurring a monthly rent that ranges between $1000 and $3000.This value may even increase in the following years depending on the value derived with use of your property.Improved cell service.A new cell site won’t only serve the needs of wireless customers in the area, it can serve as an upgrade for services offered to your tenants.If you’re forward-thinking, you can even negotiate conditions that’ll allow for use of certain cell-tower infrastructure that can be used for future development projects.Lump sum cash- It is an alternative way of getting paid by cell tower companies in lieu of using your self-storage facility for their operations.
First major US city to restrict, scrutinize future Big Brother technologySan Francisco has become the first major city in America, if not the world, to effectively ban facial recognition technology and other forms of state surveillance.In an 8-1 vote on Tuesday, the city's Board of Supervisors passed a new ordinance that requires all local government departments – including the police – to follow a series of new policies and get explicit permission from the Board before introducing any new technology that stores information on individuals.The ordinance also requires all department to produce a report within 60 days that lists any and all technology, including software, that is used to "collect, retain, process or share" a person’s data: broadly defined as any data that is "audio, electronic, visual, location, thermal, biometric, olfactory or similar."It provides an extensive example list of the sort of technologies included: cell site simulators, license plate readers, closed-circuit television cameras, gunshot detection hardware, body cameras, DNA capture technology, biometric software and so on.The ordinance makes it plain what the intent and concern is behind the new law by referring to all such efforts as "surveillance technology."
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The city of San Francisco approved an ordinance on Tuesday barring the police department and other city agencies from using facial recognition technology on residents.The ordinance, which passed by a vote of 8-1, also creates a process for the police department to disclose what surveillance technology they use, such as license plate readers and cell-site simulators that can track residents' movements over time.But it singles out facial recognition as too harmful to residents' civil liberties to even consider using.The ban is a first, but San Francisco isn't alone.Several other cities are considering facial recognition bans, including Oakland and Berkeley in California, as well as Somerville, Massachusetts.As it is, the technology is on track to become pervasive in airports and shopping centers and other tech companies like Amazon are selling the technology to police departments.
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The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 is key to the company’s strategy in continuing to dominate the Android smartphone market, not only because of its release timing, but because of the way Samsung’s positioned the phone in the market – as the PRO smartphone to beat.This is sort of like the time Samsung released the one-shot phone called Samsung Galaxy Note Edge back in December of 2014.But it’s not the smaller display or the larger display we’re thinking about here when we’re seeking the “best Galaxy Note 10 experience.” It’s the 5G edition, and not just the phone, but the coverage.As the USA focuses on 5G with mmWave, and carriers aren’t allowed to use sub-6 bands in the states because they’re exclusive to the Federal Department of Defense, they’re sorta stuck with mmWave (for now).“We will do it as far as economically sustainable.”“Millimeter wave (mmWave) spectrum has great potential in terms of speed and capacity, but it doesn’t travel far from the cell site and doesn’t penetrate materials at all,” said T-Mobile‘s Neville Ray.
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5G is here, but not all 5G is equal — there’s the blazing-fast-but-barely-there millimeter wave 5G which has trouble covering wide areas and penetrating buildings, and the “sub-6GHz” frequency flavor of 5G that can be deployed more easily using existing spectrum.And now, Verizon and T-Mobile are publicly admitting something that anyone could have predicted: good luck getting the fastest version of 5G unless you live in an urban metropolitan area.“We all need to remind ourselves this is not a coverage spectrum,” Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg told analysts on the company’s Q1 2019 earnings call on Tuesday — just one day after T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray decried Verizon’s 5G rollout as one that would “never reach rural America.”“Millimeter wave (mmWave) spectrum has great potential in terms of speed and capacity, but it doesn’t travel far from the cell site and doesn’t penetrate materials at all.It will never materially scale beyond small pockets of 5G hotspots in dense urban environments,” Ray wrote.That’s probably one of the reasons why we were barely able to find Verizon’s 5G network on the day it launched in Chicago.
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Landlord often not sure of the real worth they should get for their cell tower lease on  their land.When you hire cell site consultants they do the complete audit of land and also review the aggrement tower comapny offered to the landlord and ensure that landlord get the best price for their land lease.cell site consultant also negotaiate with the cell site company on the behalif of the landlord as they are usually unaware of the legal terms. 
Telecoms.com periodically invites third parties to share their views on the industry’s most pressing issues.The first 5G networks are just getting deployed now with emerging rivalry between the US and South Korea.Operators talk of the blazingly fast speeds that might be delivered, but while impressive, is that how we should judge success when it comes to rolling out this supposedly-revolutionary evolution in mobile network?In practice, most operators are planning their early 5G deployments primarily to relieve congestion in their city-centre cells, rather than to deliver wide-reaching faster throughput.The combination of hundreds of MHz of new spectrum, often at 3.5GHz, and the claimed higher technical efficiency of 5G should provide a huge capacity increase in the cells where it is deployed.Of course, for this to work, there needs to be a large user base of 5G handsets as well otherwise the additional capacity will remain unused – which will be difficult in the short term as few models are available, and those primarily at a higher price point.
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Boss at this big mobile-phone service provider tells IT pilot fish to go to a cell site and let the exterminator in to spray for bugs.“Bug man sprays in the cell site, then goes into the generator room,” fish reports.“All of a sudden, this big bug flies into the room where he’s spraying with his wand.“He wands the bug away, and as he does that, the wand hits the Halon sensors.Which in turn discharge the Halon in both the cell site and the generator room.Which in turn shuts down the generator, which causes alarms at the network operations center.
But with the deadline fast approaching, what will Ofcom look like in the future?Cell tower height, rural roaming, potential reintroduction of international roaming charges, dark fibre and auction dilemmas, there seemed to be a lot of venting going on.“The UK remains a challenging environment [regulatory], one of the most challenging in the world,” said Lamprell.According to Lamprell, Ofcom is one of the most conservative regulators throughout the bloc, though when it is freed from the tethers of the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC), there is a risk it could become even more so.Everyone wants signal, but no-one wants towersAs it stands, UK cell towers are limited to 25 metres in height.
A group of academics have found three new security flaws in 4G and 5G, which they say can be used to intercept phone calls and track the locations of cell phone users.The findings are said to be the first time vulnerabilities have affected both 4G and the incoming 5G standard, which promises faster speeds and better security, particularly against law enforcement use of cell site simulators, known as “stingrays.” But the researchers say that their new attacks can defeat newer protections that were believed to make it more difficult to snoop on phone users.“Any person with a little knowledge of cellular paging protocols can carry out this attack,” said Syed Rafiul Hussain, one of the co-authors of the paper, told TechCrunch in an email.Hussain, along with Ninghui Li and Elisa Bertino at Purdue University, and Mitziu Echeverria and Omar Chowdhury at the University of Iowa are set to reveal their findings at the Network and Distributed System Security Symposium in San Diego on Tuesday.“Any person with a little knowledge of cellular paging protocols can carry out this attack… such as phone call interception, location tracking, or targeted phishing attacks.”The paper, seen by TechCrunch prior to the talk, details the attacks: the first is Torpedo, which exploits a weakness in the paging protocol that carriers use to notify a phone before a call or text message comes through.
Vodafone has fingered a subcontractor after it was presented with evidence showing the mobile firm broadcasting on Three UK's piece of the 1,800MHz band at a cell site at London's Gatwick airport.Its UK mobile network competitor Three UK, which described the issue as an "error", has said it is investigating whether other sites were affected.The Reg has seen footage where Voda appeared to be impinging on an extra 5MHz slice of spectrum which falls under the chunk allotted to Hutchison's UK mobile arm in Band 3 (aka the 1800MHz range) at the North terminal of the airport.If you're wondering what 5MHz is between friends, it's significant because more MHz means more bandwidth, meaning more customers can be supported by a cell tower, for example – or that network subscribers can get faster mobile data access.Who's where in mobile/wireless on Band 3Table compiled using data from Ofcom's UK spectrum map
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Because you'll all be feeling delicate, El Reg thought we’d ease your pain with some of our other readers' more technical errors – distraction is the best cure for embarrassment, we're sure.Both are from the time of the approaching Millennium Bug, and as reader "Frank" puts it, "the imminent EOTWAWKI"."Each cell site was driven by an ACC 'Amazon' (aka Newbridge Networks) router, all interconnected using E1 microwave links and using the OSPF routing protocol to keep everything glued together.The day came when Frank had to put the first customer static route on the central hub router, which was a multi-slot Tigris router that linked to all of the spoke sites, and also to the internet."We were a startup and we built it on the cheap," he said."You won't find a better definition of Single Point Of Failure."
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The outage began after 12pm ET on Thursday, according to CenturyLink’s status page, and continues to cause disruption across 911 call centers.CenturyLink has not said what caused the outage beyond an issue with a “network element,” but said in its latest update — around 11am ET on Friday — that the company said that it was “seeing good progress, but our service restoration work is not complete.”In a tweet, the telecoms giant said it was “working tirelessly”to get its affected systems back up and running.CenturyLink, one of the largest telecommunications providers in the U.S., provides internet and phone backbone services to major cell carriers, including AT and Verizon.Datacenter or fiber issues can have a knock-on effect to other companies, cutting out service and causing cell site blackouts.Several states sent emergency alerts to residents’ cell phones warning of the outage.
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Facebook has published the details of 13 historical national security letters it’s received for user data.The embattled social media giant said that the letters dated between 2014 and 2017 for several Facebook and Instagram accounts.These demands for data are effectively subpoenas, issued by the FBI without any judicial oversight, compelling companies to turn over limited amounts of data on an individual who is named in a national security investigation.They’re controversial — not least because they come with a gag order that prevents companies from informing the subject of the letter, let alone disclosing its very existence.Companies are often told to turn over IP addresses of everyone a person has corresponded with, online purchase information, email records and cell-site location data.But since the introduction of the Freedom Act, passed in the aftermath of the Edward Snowden revelations, the FBI has to periodically review the gag orders.
County sheriff has used stingray over 300 times with no warrantThe Electronic Frontier Foundation has sued the San Bernardino County sheriff over what the advocacy group says is a failure of the law enforcement agency to adequately release public records relating to its use of cell-site simulators, or "stingrays."The SBSD is the law enforcement agency for the entire county, the twelfth-most populous county in the United States, and the fifth-most populous in California.As Ars has reported for years, stingrays are in use by both local and federal law enforcement agencies nationwide.Once deployed, stingrays intercept data from the target phone along with information from other phones within the vicinity—up to and including full calls and text messages.The EFF filed a public records request to obtain copies of six relevant warrant applications for stingray use in San Bernardino County in 2017.
Verizon’s 5G cellular network is only two days old, but given all the hype over the next-generation wireless standard, it’s no surprise that independent testers are already trying to determine whether it lives up to the carrier’s promises.Evidently, it does: Initial findings of Signals Research Group’s testing (via RCR) suggest that the new 5G network is performing within Verizon’s advertised 300Mbps to 1Gbps speed range and achieving the sort of impressively robust wireless performance carriers began to flag earlier this year.Signals Research Group conducted its tests in Houston, Texas using early 5G modems provided by Verizon, though the carrier apparently remained hands-off during the testing.Early results suggest connections in the 600-800Mbps download and 250Mbps upload ranges, albeit on an unloaded network, using aggregation of six 100-megahertz-wide channels of 28GHz millimeter wave spectrum.While the latter numbers might confuse some readers, they’re important because they show that Verizon’s deployments are indeed using small cells with the latest ultra-high frequency millimeter wave spectrum hardware.Moreover, Verizon upped its bandwidth from four wireless channels during testing to six for the actual deployment, which should enable it to deliver more data over time.
The Federal Communications Commission is about to pass rules that will limit how much local governments can charge wireless companies to attach small radios to deploy next generation 5G service.The FCC says the plan, which will be voted on Wednesday at the agency's monthly meeting, will streamline the process for deploying next generation 5G wireless services because it will limit fees from local governments for utility pole attachments and speed up the process for approving new infrastructure.But critics argue the new rules leave little room for municipalities to negotiate terms with wireless carriers that meet the needs of individual communities.On Tuesday, nine Democrats on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, sent a letter to the FCC requesting the agency not vote on its new rules Wednesday, claiming the new rules could "stifle local policy innovation, including efforts to bridge the digital divide."Specifically, the FCC proposal would prevent cities and towns from charging more than it costs them to process applications and manage rights-of-way, which the FCC estimates is about $270 a year per cell site.The new rules are based on bills passed in 20 states throughout the country, including Indiana, that make it easier to put up so-called small cell radios.
This morning at AT Spark, the mobile data company named a bunch of cities to which it planned to bring 5G data speeds.This comes on top of news that AT deployed its first mobile 5G cell site and expanded its 5G reach from its first 7 cities to an additional 5, all inside the year 2018.Come 2019, AT’s reach with 5G will spread to a bunch more cities across the United States.Cities that’ve previously had 5G announcements for deployment from AT include Houston Texas, Jacksonville Florida, Louisville Kentucky, New Orleans Louisiana, and San Antonio Texas.Yes, in case you were wondering, AT is indeed plopping one whole heck of a lot of 5G inside the borders of the state of Texas.And yes, AT’s headquarters are indeed located in Texas, too.
The Bay Area may be the center of the global technology industry, but that hasn’t stopped one wealthy enclave from protecting itself from the future.The city council of Mill Valley, a small town located just a few miles north of San Francisco, voted unanimously late last week to effectively block deployments of small-cell 5G wireless towers in the city’s residential areas.Through an urgency ordinance, which allows the city council to immediately enact regulations that affect the health and safety of the community, the restrictions and prohibitions will be put into force immediately for all future applications to site 5G telecommunications equipment in the city.According to the city, it received 145 pieces of correspondence from citizens voicing opposition to the technology, compared to just five letters in support of it — a ratio of 29 to 1.Blocks on 5G deployments are nothing new for Marin County, where other cities including San Anselmo and Ross have passed similar ordinances designed to thwart 5G expansion efforts over health concerns.These restrictions on small cell site deployments could complicate 5G’s upcoming nationwide rollout.
In Florida v. Sylvestre, the District Court of Appeal of the State of Florida, Fourth District, affirmed a lower court’s granting of a motion to suppress evidence.In the second case, Ferrari v. Florida, the Fourth District reversed a lower court ruling that denied the suppression of cell-site location information (CSLI).Carpenter involved a suspect, Timothy Carpenter, who was accused of leading an armed robbery gang that hit Radio Shack and other cell phone stores in Michigan and Ohio in 2010 and 2011.The government was able to warrantlessly obtain 127 days worth of his CSLI from his mobile provider, which detailed precisely where Carpenter had been during that time.The Supreme Court ultimately ruled that when the government seeks to obtain such a large volume of intimate information, it needs to get a warrant first in most cases.At times, police have falsely claimed that information gathered from a stingray has instead come from a confidential informant.The government surreptitiously intercepts a signal that the user intended to send to a carrier’s cell-site tower or independently pings a cell phone to determine its location.
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