SQUAN came to the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Los Angeles recently, as they do every year, with a purpose in mind. With more than 400 employees working on projects from coast-to-coast, in deployment of emerging technologies, they are intent to stay ahead of the technological curve.
The company sees MWC as a “benchmark exercise” to summarize the current year’s events and to explore new trends for the year ahead.
To people like SQUAN’s Chief Strategy Officer (CSO) and EVP, Keith Pennachio, it provides them with practical applications and case studies for the networks it designs and builds.
Inside Towers got to sit down with Pennachio at the conference and hear about the strides the company has made so far in 2019. One of the key “wins” this year was the addition of two industry veterans: Anand Gandhi as CTO of SQUAN’s new wireless division and Carolyn Hardwick as their new national Director of Business Development. Hardwick was both a Senior Director of national MSO accounts for KPGCo and director of business development for SBA. Gandhi was Verizon’s director of networks for over ten years. Pennachio said, “These two additions to our leadership team are key investments in SQUAN’s focus on staying ahead of the curve and at the forefront of the telecom industry.”
The Company has also made recent strides in their capacity to build out fiber with what they call “fiber to the premises” for home, cell, sites and buildings. SQUAN’s engineers have experience in designing for all cell site and in-building projects while their construction and technical experts handle all aspects of civil work and technical installations, including splicing copper and fiber. In the past few years, the Company has been placing greater emphasis on aerial and underground, OSP backbone fiber and distribution to any facility, vectoring, CAF and ISP.
When Englewood, NJ-based SQUAN acquired Communication Specialist, Inc. (CSI) in July of 2017, having added Osmose Communication Services, the copper and fiber-optic design arm of Osmose Utility Services, Inc. in 2016, they not only added geography and a broader services base to support its existing clients, they also added support for Multiple Services Operators (MSOs) and Internet Services Providers (ISPs). With CSI’s connections in aerial and underground fiber construction services for the telecommunications and cable TV industry, SQUAN expanded its ability to deal with large and small-scale projects. The addition of CSI has definitely paid off, according to Pennachio.
“We bought CSI three years ago and had 10 crews,” he said, “Now we have 50. Fiber is ‘off the rails’ busy.”
Although, Pennachio can’t discuss their individual client list for their 20,000 projects and major in-building efforts for airports, colleges, and stadiums, he did say that one of the Program Managers at SBA shared that SQUAN supported them on a DAS project at Macy’s Herald Square in New York City. And their website highlights a case study of the Canon World Headquarters in Long Island, NY where SQUAN built out a DAS, public safety and two-way radio system at the company’s 1,000,000 square foot facility.
Pennachio said the “enterprise space,” as he refers to the in-building sector, has not been adequately covered by carriers and opportunities abound with the opening up of the CBRS band with its LTE-based solutions utilizing shared spectrum. “It’s one of the lesser-cost alternatives on the runway,” he said. “A lot of DAS will give way,” he added in the face of CBRS deployments by enabling both in-building and outdoor coverage and capacity expansion at massive scale.
The particular sessions at MWC that were of interest to SQUAN’s team attending the conference are telling: “Future Networks – the 5G Era: Consumer Devices of the Future” and the “Better Future Seminar: Progressive Leadership in the Digital Age.” With a solid year of growth and progress nearly completed, SQUAN is preparing for a bright and busy future as we head into 2020 and beyond.
November 19, 2019