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Tower Top Electronics Reliability
Working Group Meeting


Test Methods for Reliability
Reliability Prediction
Data Collection
Installation Best Practices
Lightning Disturbance Assessment


April 7, 2011

Austin, Texas  USA


Wyndham Garden Hotel
Woodward Conference Center
3401 South IH-35
Austin, TX  78741
Phone: 512-448-2444


Leadership Team

Commscope Kaelus Powerwave Technologies
Smiths Protection SPX Communications Ubidyne
US Cellular Verizon Wireless WesTower





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Moderated by:
Don Brown, Director, IWPC

Graham Carter, Technical Director, IWPC


Working Group Background:

Next generation wireless Basestation equipment will provide dramatic reduction, both CAPEX and OPEX, for network Operators while increasing data rates to support broadband services demanded by subscribers.


This working group, created in December 2008 in response to a Carrier request, was established to overcome one of the major inhibitors preventing the deployment of this next generation equipment: concerns about reliability.

Working Group Meeting Goals:

The Goals of IWPC Tower Top Electronics Reliability Working Group (TTER) Meeting is to bring together wireless industry experts to continue the process of creating reference guides, including:

  • An objective, commercial, reliability test protocol; specifically designed for “electronics up the mast.”

  • A common, relevant library of prediction tools that correlate to industry experienced failure rates.

  • A process for collection and sharing of industry data to help “raise the bar” on the reliability of Tower Top Electronics experienced by network operators.

  • An industry-wide Installation Best Practices document designed to assist in ensuring the quality and reliability of Cell Site installations

  • An quantitative assessment of Lightning events on Cell Site installations and the mitigation of the resulting disturbances.

  • AND – move the IWPC’s Tower Top Electronics Reliability (TTER) Working Group activities forward.


PLUS - The other Major Goal of this Working Group Meeting is to develop the agenda for the September Workshop on Tower Top Electronics Reliability, Hosted by Verizon Wireless.




Wednesday, April 6, 2011

7:00 PM

AFTER the In-Building Networks Workshop




Dinner (Dutch*)


* = in this context, Dutch is a term which means that each person will be responsible for their own dinner costs.

For those who desire to join us, we get together to enjoy good friends, good food, good wine and [really] bad jokes

Thursday, April 7, 2011

7:00 AM


Registration and breakfast


At Hotel

8:00 AM


Opening Remarks



8:15 AM


Audience Introductions



8:45 AM


Introduction of the working group


IWPC Tower Top Electronics Reliability Working Group Status





9:00 AM


working group sponsor comments


  • What are the goals for this working group?


TTER WG Advisors -

DMTS/RF Technology, RF Network Planning

Verizon Wireless


Sr. RF Planning Engineer
US Cellular


9:15 AM


Committee introduction and review

  • Test Methods for Reliability - PowerWave

  • Reliability Prediction -  Commscope

  • Data Collection - Kaelus

  • Installation Best Practices - WesTower

  • Lightning Disturbance Assessment - Smiths Protection

TTER WG Committee Leaders -


PowerWave Technologies








Smiths Protection


10:15 AM


Networking break



10:45 AM


Committee Break-out Sessions

  • Test Methods for Reliability

  • Reliability Prediction

  • Data Collection

  • Installation Best Practices

  • Lightning Disturbance Assessment

Each person in the Session will choose a Break Out Session and spend the next almost 3 hours answering the questions prepared by the Committee Leaders.



12:30 PM


Working Lunch


A buffet lunch will be available to take back to your Break-Out Session Table while you continue to work.



1:30 PM


reports from break-out Sessions


Each Committee Leader will take approximately 15 minutes to summarize the results of his/her Break-Out Session.


(5 Presentations, ~15 min each)

2:45 PM


next steps for Working group

  • Next Steps for TTER Working Group

  • Next Steps for each Committee

  • Plans for the September Workshop


3:15 PM


take aways and closing remarkS



3:45 PM






ALL Attendees will be asked to cover out of pocket workshop costs such as conference room costs, food (First Day breakfast/lunch/dinner plus Breaks), booklet copying, audio/visual costs, etc.


We estimate that these costs will be $364 (USD) per person. (For IWPC Members, only.)


ALL Attendees will be asked to pay this fee in advance with either Visa, Mastercard, American Express, cash, personal check or business check.


Make checks payable to IWPC.




Wyndham Garden Hotel
Woodward Conference Center
3401 South IH-35
Austin, TX  78741
Phone: 512-448-2444

Reservations: 1-800-Wyndham 


Cut-off date for reservations is  Friday, March 25th, 2011.   After that date rooms cannot be guaranteed at the IWPC rate.


TRAVEL OPTIONS FROM AIRPORT TO HOTEL:  The hotel is only 4  miles from Austin-Bergstrom Airport.  

Complimentary Airport Shuttle from 7am - 11pm



A Computer Projector will be available for the speakers.

In addition, we audiotape all presentations and the interactive discussions. Post workshop, presentations are made available to IWPC Members on the IWPC WEB site, along with “movies” of all presentations and panel sessions.



Business cards will be collected at the door from all attendees. We will make copies of these cards, which will be available to all who provided a business card.



Business casual suggested. No ties, please !!


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