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Two Major Aviation Cell Networks Launching

Two new aviation cellular networks have emerged to enter into the market for cellular communications in high-end personal, business, commercial and governmental aircrafts, according to Flying Magazine. Honeywell has partnered with AT&T, who is almost at the tail end of deploying their 4G LTE technology. They expect this network to be completed in 2015, and their system will allow aircrafts to access the network. Robert Goyer of Flying Magazine explained, “The system will consist of hundreds of ground stations that will piggyback on existing cell towers that will point skyward giving wide availability of fast 4G LTE, which AT&T says will present a significant improvement over existing ground to air networks such as Gogo Biz.”

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Coalitions Organize to Resist Cell Towers on School Property

By Alexia Sparling, an insider at Lease Advisors. 

The demand for cellular service has continued to dramatically increase in recent years. This increase is more apparent now than ever; recent reports estimate that data traffic consumed by users increased by 69 percent from 2011 to 2012. According to software and infrastructure company, Ericsson, “there will be a tenfold increase in the amount of data on mobile networks by 2019 as compared with 2013.” This expeditious demand for access to data translates into a need for more cellular sites to be built, especially in areas where service is already weak and demand is not being met. Providers are responding by rapidly constructing towers wherever necessary.