To bring focus on the site acquisition and permitting perspective in wireless deployments we start at the big-picture level- how the nation’s wireless service carriers relate to their investments in radio technology infrastructure. This discussion goes so far as to establish a link between wireless carriers and their use of frequency spectrum, their need to perform site acquisition to expand wireless facilities, and their industry relationships with service contractors, turf vendors, and companies that specialize in communications site ownership and management (a/k/a tower-cos).
Module 1 Wireless Industry Structure
Module 1 Industry Structure draws these relationships into a discussion of wireless facilities site acquisition, project management, and the values wireless facility developers look for in the men and women who perform site acquisition.
A basic understanding of the topics presented in this first section provides the wireless deployment novice with enough background about the project environment to assume responsibilities for a search area assignment. This is preparation for the subject matter in Level II, Birddog Certificate Training- Wireless/Project Site Search Due Diligence Research.
In Module 2 The Role of Site Acquisition twelve qualifications to perform this job function are reviewed. Next, fifteen essential functions of site acquisition consultants in the wireless business are presented. Throughout the subsequent sections of this curriculum, each essential function is followed by one or more modules that provide context to the tasks addressed by that essential function.
Module 3 Site Acquisition Contracting addresses the contractual environmental in which site acquisition is performed. Achievement of milestones represents another perspective on the work of site acquisition. Here we detail the primary milestone designations of site selection, space rights acquisition, and procurement of local permit rights with insight into subcategories of each. Milestones also translate to compensation pay points in the wireless site acquisition process.
Having discussed what is expected of site acquisition consultants and how we get paid. Our Module 4 Wireless System Design attention shifts to the nomenclature and practices underlying planning criteria for utilizing wireless technology to provide services to the public. We’ll discuss how wireless facilities vary in purpose and design. Macrocell sites, microcell sites, and temporary cell sites are introduced, as well as the difference between coverage sites and capacity sites.
Module 5 Wireless Facility Components describes the types of antenna structures and associated equipment that compose a wireless facility. A new or existing structure is part of each new facility. Many new facilities are placed on existing structures including buildings, water towers, and creative locations to serve the public. Cables are an essential element of wireless facilities. Electronic cables connect antennas to associated electronic components, collectively linked on-site with electronic cable. Fiber-optic cable transports signals between macro and microcell wireless facilities and network switches and hubs. Electrical cables interconnect power system components with electronic equipment including elevated antenna tilts.
Finally, Module 6 Search Area Design imparts the perspective needed to understand how site acquisition assignments are generated. Assignments are issued in the form of search areas or search rings designed by an RF engineer. The search area establishes criteria for the development of wireless facilities. One macrocell site is developed per search area while multiple microcell sites can be targeted within a single search area plan.