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Distributed Antenna Systems, or DAS, is a network of spatially separated antenna nodes connected to a common source via a transport medium that provides wireless service within a geographic area or structure. There are several regulatory challenges that arise out of DAS deployments. DAS is used in scenarios where alternate technologies are infeasible due to - terrain, zoning challenges for cell towers, infeasible cell tower placements, etc. Regulatory challenges arise at the federal, state and municipal levels. Strangely, the FCC is proposing to ban cell phone signal boosters which are essentially consumers versions of DAS.

It’s a new, evolving world for carriers, DAS providers (NextG & ExteNet) and jurisdictions when it comes to building ubiquitous, voice and data rich networks for customers. Communities and their local officials are greatly improving their knowledge about DAS sites and taking a proactive approach to fixing coverage when often new cell phone towers are not the answer. Ordinances are starting to be proposed and written – how do carriers and DAS providers, as stakeholders, influence these codes? How do carriers and DAS providers work collaboratively – a unified force rather than dividing one another before the community. What behaviors do DAS providers need to exhibit as DAS moves into communities in order to not give a black eye to this segment of the wireless industry? How do we influence codes so that they don’t obstruct carriers from building towers along with DAS sites? Rights of way are likely opportunities as revenue sources for jurisdictions – how do carriers and DAS providers maximize their use while keeping time to market reasonable? How are the rights of way managed with respect to using existing infrastructure and supporting the need to use utility poles and street lights for 4G sites?

Their are many examples of what happens as communities reach out to DAS providers in areas where carriers have trouble improving their networks using traditional means. DeadCellZones.com aims to help bring together utility, municipal planners, carriers and DAS vendors.

It should be no surprise that Wilson Electronics was named as a Finalist today in both the Customer Service Team of the Year and New Product or Service of the Year in Telecommunications categories.
The 2009 American Business Awards. 7th annual Stevie® Awards will be presented on June 22 in New York City. The American Business Awards are the nation’s premier business awards program. All organizations operating in the U.S.A. are eligible to submit entries to the ABAs – public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small. More than 2,600 entries from companies of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted for consideration in more than 40 categories.

Stevie Award winners will be announced during the annual gala on Monday, June 22 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City. Six-hundred executives from across the U.S.A. are expected to attend. The ceremonies will be broadcast on radio nationwide by the Business TalkRadio Network and hosted by Cheryl Casone of Fox Business Network.

“For Wilson Electronics to be selected as a finalist in two separate categories is exciting.” said Joe Banos, COO of Wilson Electronics. “We strive to design and build the best products, and we stand behind them. The iBooster is the first device specifically designed to help the iPhone and Blackberry user stay within reach and capitalize on the revolutionary features and benefits of the phones. We work hard to ensure all of our customers get the best use of their product and to be recognized for this is very gratifying.” “I would like to extend personal congratulations to our design, production and customer service teams. We are honored to be recognized for our achievements in both categories.” said Joe Banos, COO of Wilson Electronics.

Details about The American Business Awards and the list of Finalists in all categories are available at www.stevieawards.com/aba.

New Product or Service of the Year -Telecommunications Finalists
BT Conferencing, Quincy, MA: BT Global Video Exchange
M5 Networks, New York, NY: M5 Networks
MetaSwitch, Alameda, CA: MetaSphere Live Message Screening
Openet, Reston, VA: Openet’s Fair Usage Solution
Verizon Business, Basking Ridge, NJ: Verizon Enterprise Center
Virtela Comm., Greenwood Village, CO: Secure Video Extranet
Wilson Electronics, St. George, UT: iBooster Line
Xangati, Inc., Cupertino, CA: Web 2.0 Application Management
YouMail, Aliso Viejo, CA: YouMail Visual VoiceMail Plus For Blackberry

Customer Service Department of the Year Finalists
Alcan Packaging, Chicago, IL
Analytical Graphics, Inc. (AGI), Exton, PA
Clear Capital, Truckee, CA
EMC, Hopkinton, MA
EMKAY Inc., Itasca, IL
LeanLogistics, Holland, MI
LXE, Inc., Norcross, GA
Michael C. Fina, New York, NY
Toshiba America Business Solutions, Irvine, CA
Wilson Electronics, St. George, UT

About Wilson Electronics, Inc.
Wilson Electronics, Inc., a leader in the wireless communications industry for over 40 years, designs and manufactures a wide variety of cellular amplifiers, antennas and related components that significantly improve cellular communications for both mobile and in-building situations. All Wilson products are engineered, assembled and tested in the company’s headquarters in St. George, Utah. Wilson amplifiers fully comply with FCC regulations for cellular devices and are FCC and Industry Canada type accepted. Wilson Electronics has mastered the development of microprocessor-controlled amplifier technology, which protects cell sites by preventing oscillation and cell site overload. For more information, visit www.wilsonelectronics.com.

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