Tampa Convention Center, FL
March 26-28, 2019
Join the NTDPC and over 1000 underground damage prevention industry professionals at the 2019 CGA 811 Excavation Safety Conference & Expo
Telecom’s Best Kept Secret: Wireless isn't Wireless!!
Why is Damage Prevention so important?
The explosion of wireless technology and the evolution of wireless devices has been nothing short of amazing. The idea of sending information through the air is not a recent development. Think back to CB Radios, Shortwave and HAM Radios. The desire to communicate anywhere has been around for years. The limitations of these “true” wireless devices however, identified a need for something better. I would hate to think of how the commute to work would be with a CB radio in everyone’s vehicles, or the size a meeting room would need to be today to have everyone’s HAM radios on the table.
In 1973, the first patent for a mobile telephone was secured by Motorola. A very cumbersome, expensive device, but the technology grew exponentially after that, and led to the first Cellular network, built in Chicago in 1978. Welcome to the world of 1G. The key difference between this network, and its predecessors was the fact that it combined the use of both cellular and hard wired technology. As the cable industry forged ahead in the development of Fiber Optic technologies, the Cellular towers and the Fiber networks that connected them seemed to be a marriage made in Telecom Heaven. Could anyone back then have imagined the social and economic impact these networks would have on the future? Perhaps, but to add a 3rd piece to the puzzle, is the development of the Smart phone and mobile technology, or the new Super phones. Here is where things really took off.
So we have devices in our pockets now that allow us to talk to people anytime, anywhere, watch our favorite television shows, work from anywhere, send real time information (pictures and videos), send news across the world within milliseconds, keep in touch with family and friends, listen to music, entertain ourselves, complete financial transaction and even to just buy “stuff” and it goes on and on and on. This advancement has driven the importance of having solid, trustworthy networks through the roof!
…What if these devices did not work. You own a car, but have no gas, you have a boat, but no lake to operate it on, a snowmobile in the Caribbean..the point? In order for the “Wireless” network and the wireless devices to work, the hidden network that it runs on must be intact.
NEARLY EVERY MAIN TOWER on a mobility network is hard wired to the next. So it’s always funny when a cable repair crew is on site working hard to restore services, and someone drives by to complain that their cell phone doesn’t work?
What do we rely on the wireless network to do for us?
Did you know?
(Sources: Wikipedia,Global Mobile Statistics 2012)
Why is Damage Prevention so important? These numbers show that wireless devices are being relied on more and more everyday, by the public, business and industry. Every time a cable is damaged, these services are cut off, or at the very least, slowed to a point where it is difficult to use. Even when Telecommunication companies are able to re-route traffic onto other paths, the increase in volume usually means that the services are brought down to the bare minimum of service, welcome back to 1G; telecom’s horse and buggy.
Damage Prevention starts with you!
The North American Telecommunications Damage Prevention Council (NTDPC),
The NTDPC is a non-competitive forum dedicated to promoting the protection of underground facilities, subsurface facility awareness and the use of One Call notification systems.