ONCAP Partners with Enertech; Tower Arch Capital Completes Successful Investment

ONCAP announced today it has partnered with the management team of Enertech Holdings LLC (“Enertech”) to acquire the company from Tower Arch Capital LLC (“Tower Arch Capital”).

Enertech is a leading provider of wireless infrastructure services to telecommunications carriers and tower owners throughout the Southern, Central and Pacific Northwest regions of the United States. The company goes to market under three regional brands: (i) Enertech Resources, (ii) EasTex Tower, and (iii) Legacy Telecom, all of which provide network densification, structural modifications, technology upgrades, and repairs and maintenance services. Headquartered in New Braunfels, Texas, Enertech employs more than 470 people across 14 facilities located throughout the United States.

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Enertech Announces VP of Operations Promotion

NEW BRAUNFELS, TX, May 17, 2018Enertech is pleased to announce the promotion of Jamie Recker to the position of Vice President of Operations, effective May 15, 2018. Jamie joined Enertech in January of 2015, as a Market Lead in the Operations Division.


Jamie’s approach to leadership by example, extensive construction finance and resource management knowledge, and attention to detail have been evident throughout his tenure here at Enertech. Additionally, he played a key role with the integration and support of our new, combined team through the acquisition of Ontivity. In his new role as Vice President of Operations, Jamie will be a key liaison between Enertech’s Executive leadership, Regional Directors, and Finance teams, providing collaboration and support on a strategic level to all. He will also partner with Business Development in implementing the Company’s strategy as Enertech expands their services solutions for the wireless infrastructure sector.


“We are very excited to make this announcement,” states Enertech’s CEO Eric Chase. “Jamie has already made incredible contributions to the Company. As Vice President of Operations, Jamie will oversee production and delivery for the business. This is a critical role for Enertech. I have no doubt that Jamie will hit the ground running.”


About Enertech:


Enertech is a vertically-integrated provider of wireless infrastructure solutions to the telecommunications industry. Comprehensive services include site development, engineering, structural modifications, maintenance, technology upgrades, turnkey site builds, and equipment installation and decommissioning. Enertech’s customers include the nation’s leading telecommunication carriers, tower owner/operators, equipment manufacturers, and tower construction contractors. The Company was founded in 2008 and is headquartered in New Braunfels, a suburb of San Antonio, Texas. Enertech has additional locations in Austin, Houston, and Dallas, TX, and has expanded their presence across the Southern United States with the launch of facilities in Phoenix, AZ, Albuquerque, NM, Hattiesburg, MS, and Lafayette, LA. For more information about Enertech, please visit www.enertechresources.com.


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NATE #ClimberConnection Volume 2 Video

NATE Unveils Safety Video on Guy Wire Anchor Inspections  

#ClimberConnection Volume 2 Video Debuts at 2017 NATE Summer Conference in Kansas City, Missouri

(Kansas City, Missouri) – The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) today unveiled a Guy Wire Anchor Inspection safety video as part of Volume 2 of the popular Climber Connection series. The Guy Wire Anchor Inspection video was released by NATE at the Association’s 2017 Summer Conference in Kansas City, Missouri.

The NATE Guy Wire Anchor Inspection video provides an overview of surface inspections and dig-to-block inspections, the two types of inspection protocols utilized in the industry to assess potential corrosion on the anchors of guyed towers. The video also includes live footage and detailed analysis of a tower crew safely conducting both a surface level inspection and dig-to-block inspection at a communication tower site. Additionally, the video portrays images of the impact corrosion can have on the anchor shafts of guy wires.

“I commend NATE for shining a spotlight on the importance of conducting guy wire anchor inspections,” stated Chris Memmott, President and active climber at Triple M Enterprises in Nephi, Utah. “As guyed tower structures age and as the infrastructure continues to take on more equipment, it is paramount that tower technicians and other industry field personnel gain knowledge and experience in performing guy anchor inspections to ensure both the ultimate safety of the worker and the stability of the tower,” added Memmott.

Click HERE to watch the Guy Wire Anchor Inspection safety video. NATE encourages tower climbers and industry stakeholders to actively participate in this campaign by posting the Guy Wire Anchor Inspection video on their respective social networking platforms using the hashtag #ClimberConnection. NATE also encourages tower climbers to share their anchor guy wire inspection safety tips through social interaction on the Association’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

Tower climbers, contractors, engineers and vertical realtors are also encouraged to utilize the NATE Anchor Inspection/Safe to Climb Protocolresource as a guideline to ensure that they are adhering to industry protocols when it comes to inspection processes. The NATE Anchor Inspection/Safe to Climb Protocol document is available to download and print HERE.

The Climber Connection Volume 2 campaign was developed by the NATE Member Services Committee in conjunction with the NATE Safety & Education Committee and is designed to provide specific resources and communicate the Association’s message directly to the industry’s elevated workforce.

Visit HERE to access the A10.48 Standard, Broadcast Repack, Riding the Line and UAS Operations videos that were previously released as part of the Volume 2 edition of the Climber Connection Video Series. For more information on NATE, visit

www.natehome.com today.

NATE #ClimberConnection Video on ANSI/ASSE A10.48 Standard


The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) recently released a safety video highlighting the new ANSI/ASSE A10.48 Standard. The video is the first to debut as part of Volume 2 of the NATE Climber Connection series.


NATE #ClimberConnection Video on ANSI/ASSE A10.48 Standard


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Enertech is a proud member of the National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE), a charter member of the NATE STAR Initiative, and supports its commitment to “safety first, safety always”.



Enertech also supports and promotes the NATE “100% Tie-off 24/7” initiative.

Enertech Announces Director of Environmental Health & Safety Promotion

Enertech Announces Director of Environmental Health & Safety Promotion


NEW BRAUNFELS, TX, February 27, 2017 – Enertech is pleased to announce the promotion of Cameron Swanson to the position of Director of Environmental Health & Safety, effective February 16, 2017.  Cameron joined Enertech on September 16th of 2016 with the acquisition of Ontivity where he served as the VP of Internal Planning and Operations.


“As Director of Environmental Health & Safety, I recognize that the safety of our employees is at the root of our core values; not only is safety our single greatest risk, but it is also our single greatest attribute. I am extremely thankful to be a part of the Enertech team and honored to be entrusted with a position of this magnitude. I look forward to leading the Enertech team through continuous training and development of our employees and remain committed to staying at the forefront of industry safety initiatives,” Cameron stated in reaction to the promotion.


In his new role as Director of Environmental Health & Safety, he will play a key role in working with new customers and bolstering relationships with current customers through Enertech’s unsurpassable commitment to safety.




About Enertech Resources:
Enertech is a vertically-integrated provider of wireless infrastructure solutions to the telecommunications industry. Comprehensive services include site development, engineering, structural modifications, maintenance, technology upgrades, small cell and DAS installation, turnkey site builds, and equipment installation and decommissioning.   Enertech’s customers include the nation’s leading telecommunication carriers, tower owner/operators, equipment manufacturers, and tower construction contractors.  The Company was founded in 2008 and is headquartered in New Braunfels, a suburb of San Antonio, Texas.  Enertech has additional locations in Austin, Houston, and Dallas, TX, as well as Phoenix, AZ, and Albuquerque, NM. For more information about Enertech Resources, please visit www.enertechresources.com.



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Moonlight Towers of Austin

Enertech completes restoration of the first of Austin’s seventeen historic Moonlight Towers; kicking off the project in Zilker Park.

Restoration of the Moonlight Towers includes sandblasting and a multi-step painting process, updating the existing lighting system by changing out the halogen lights to more efficient LED lights, performing structural analysis and reassembly. Enertech will complete the restoration with focus on maintaining the historical accuracy and ensuring structural integrity of the towers.

Installed in the 1890’s, the Moonlight Towers in Austin, TX are the only known surviving light towers in the world. Originally installed to light up several city blocks at a time, the towers are 165 feet tall and have a 15-foot foundation. In 1970, the towers were recognized as Texas State Landmarks, followed by the 17 remaining towers being listed in the National Register of Historic Places on July 12, 1976.

Annually, since 1967, the city of Austin transforms the Zilker Park Moon Tower into a beautifully lit Christmas tree for all to enjoy during the holiday season.

The Zilker Park tower was featured in the film Dazed and Confused (1993) as the site of a high school party, in which the character David Wooderson played by Matthew McConaughey exclaims, “Party at the moon tower.”

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About Enertech
Enertech is a vertically-integrated provider of wireless infrastructure solutions to the telecommunications industry. Comprehensive services include site development, engineering, structural modifications, maintenance, technology upgrades, turnkey site builds, and equipment installation and decommissioning. Enertech’s customers include the nation’s leading telecommunication carriers, tower owner/operators, equipment manufacturers, and tower construction contractors.  The Company was founded in 2008 and is headquartered in New Braunfels, a suburb of San Antonio, Texas.  Enertech has additional locations in Austin, Houston, and Dallas, TX, and has recently launched a facility in Phoenix, AZ. For more information about Enertech, please visit www.enertechresources.com.

Analyst Angle: 5G Is Key To Unlocking Mobile AR And VR Market Opportunities

From RCR Wireless, February 8, 2017

By Eric Abbruzzese, Senior Analyst, ABI Research


Editor’s Note from RCR Wireless: In the Analyst Angle section, we’ve collected a group of the industry’s leading analysts to give their outlook on the hot topics in the wireless industry.


New technology today requires three things to become ubiquitous: hardware, software and connectivity. If one of these is weak, the application of any new technology struggles. This is especially true with augmented reality and virtual reality, where head-mounted displays, associated software tools and the connectivity layer are areas of aggressive development. A massive bandwidth requirement for premium content combined with ubiquitous all-day device usage will bring about an unprecedented network strain. Qualcomm and ABI Research collaborated to produce a whitepaper on this topic, “Augmented and Virtual Reality: The First Wave of 5G Killer Apps.”


Why do we need 5G for AR/VR?

While AR and VR are receiving ample attention, “5G” is not far behind in terms of early discussion and excitement surrounding its potential. The true advantage of 5G in relation to AR/VR manifests in three components: more capacity, lower latency and better network uniformity. Some applications rely on one component more than another, but supporting all three simultaneously is critical to enabling all AR and VR use cases under the same network.


Following the guidelines set by IMT-2020, 5G aims to deliver:


  • 20 gigabit per second peak data rates.
  • 100 megabit per second data rates, even at cell edges.
  • 10 Mbps per square meter area capacity.
  • One millisecond roundtrip over-the-air latency.


This improves on current 4G capabilities with a 10-times increase in throughput, 10-times decrease in latency and 100-times increase in traffic capacity. Even with expected improvements, 4G capabilities will fall short when considering AR and VR uptake to the mass market and the race to increase the quality of the experience. AR and VR promise to transform the way content is consumed and communicated, and will no doubt help a wide variety of industries increase productivity and change the way they do business.


Workflow assistance and “see-what-I-see” remote interaction and guidance have seen strong uptake already among AR rollouts. On the VR side, major investment in VR-focused video has already begun, growing alongside the blossoming VR gaming market in content quantity, quality and variety. Both AR and VR applications can be very sensitive to network performance, with any interruption having a more significant negative impact on user experience, which reinforces the role of continued enhancements of mobile networks.


AR/VR applications enabled by 5G

Although current 4G networks are sufficient for some initial AR and VR applications, the introduction of 5G will strengthen existing experiences, enable novel ones and make these experiences available for mass adoption. 5G will not only improve, but will also be a requirement for some of the most exciting AR and VR use cases. The white paper examines four of these use cases, deemed by Qualcomm and ABI as exciting and interesting to watch when looking out through a 5G timeline. These include:


  • Automotive video streaming.
  • Event venue upload and download.
  • Six degrees of freedom (6DoF) video.
  • Remote control and tactile internet.


When examining the automotive market alongside a potential 5G timeline, increased carpooling and semi-/fully autonomous vehicles will begin to have an impact. Growth in these areas will present additional time for content consumption, but also challenges in terms of capacity and network uniformity requirements for streaming content. Streaming content to a moving vehicle presents unique challenges, such as network mobility, but it is something 5G will be able to cater to.


Upload and download applications at densely populated venues are already stressing wireless networks, and content upload by thousands of simultaneous users at a stadium will demand extreme capacity. While 4G is capable of handling most peaks of extreme concurrency seen today, the advent of worn, ubiquitous capture and consumption devices will exponentially increase throughput requirements. Imagine being at the Super Bowl and trying to live stream the kickoff along with 50,000 other fans using the multiple cameras in your convenient and hands-free AR glasses. Also, with the unique data visualization and immersive capabilities of AR and VR, novel in-stadium experiences will grow and similarly require higher capacity than currently possible.


The impressive growth of video streaming will only become more substantial as AR and VR grow in market share, with next-generation content formats like 6DoF video stressing networks even more with an individual data rate requirement in the range of 200 Mbps to 1 Gbps. Adding a spatial component to recorded video is a difficult proposition, but also an incredibly compelling one to deliver more immersive AR and VR experiences.


With great improvements in end-to-end latency promised with 5G, novel applications such as tactile internet begin to come into focus. Ideal end-to-end latency requirements in the 10 millisecond range will push the boundaries of these networks and could realistically require the target 5G roundtrip over-the-air latency goal of 1 millisecond. The early uptake of remote expertise applications in enterprise can be extrapolated to highlight the promise of tactile internet.


These use cases illustrate the need for additional capacity, lower latency, and more uniform experiences that 5G will bring at new levels of cost and energy efficiency, without which the industry will not be able to build solid business cases when mobilizing VR and AR applications. Moreover, new use cases for AR and VR will manifest as the capabilities of 5G networks actualize. ABI Research expects AR and VR to transform industries and 5G will be crucial in making that a reality.


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Ericsson and IBM Announce 5G Base Station Chip

From RCR Wireless, February 8, 2017

By Martha DeGrasse


Ericsson and IBM said they have created an integrated circuit designed for use in future “5G” base stations. The companies announced the first reported silicon-based millimeter wave phased array antenna module operating at 28 GHz.


The 28 GHz band is being used by both AT&T and Verizon Wireless for fixed wireless tests that are expected to lead to the first commercial 5G deployments. A 5G standard is not expected by the Third Generation Partnership Project until late this year or early next year, but the 28 GHz and 39 GHz bands are widely expected to be a part of that standard. Both AT&T and Verizon Communications have recently purchased companies that hold spectrum licenses in these bands.


IBM and Ericsson said they have been working together for two years to develop a 5G chipset. The companies said IBM contributed expertise in highly integrated phased array millimeter wave integrated circuit and antenna-in-package solutions, which Ericsson combined with its own core competence in circuit and system design for mobile communications.


Ericsson has a long history of designing and developing its own chipsets. Its wireless base stations typically rely on application specific integrated circuits created in-house.


“Ericsson has typically used ASICS. They don’t trust anyone else,” said analyst Earl Lum of EJL Wireless Research. Lum said that even though Ericsson stopped developing chips for smartphones, the company maintains a deep bench of silicon design expertise.


The module developed by Ericsson and IBM consists of four monolithic integrated circuits and 64 dual-polarized antennas. It is a square device that measures approximately 2.8 inches on each side. Ericsson said the form factor is necessary to support the vision of this technology’s widespread deployment, especially in indoor spaces and dense downtown areas.


“Our collaboration with IBM Research on phased array antennas can help operators to effectively deploy radio access infrastructure necessary to support a 5G future,” said Thomas Noren, Ericsson’s head of product area network products. “New use cases and applications that span human machine interaction, virtual reality, smart home devices and connected cars will depend on innovative technologies that can bring the promises of faster data rates, broader bandwidth and longer battery life to reality.”


The biggest benefit of 5G will be enabling mobile operators to deliver data more cost effectively, according to analyst Joe Madden of Mobile Experts, who said that with LTE it costs operators more than $1,000 to deliver a megabit per second of network capacity. Madden expects 5G technologies to bring this cost down to a few hundred dollars.


“Our cost model tells us that 5G should be able to achieve a 10-times reduction in cost per bit compared with LTE,” Madden wrote in a blog post. “It’s still higher than the target we set two years ago, but 5G cost estimates are getting low enough to make success look likely [but]the investment profile is likely to be slower than you expect, because we will see the behavior of a mature, established industry — not the dynamics of a growth market.”


Verizon Uses Small Cells To Connect Indoor DAS

From RCR Wireless, February 8, 2017

By Martha DeGrasse


Verizon Wireless has asked its five distributed antenna system vendors to integrate their systems with small cells designed by SpiderCloud Wireless. Advanced RF Technologies, CommScope, Corning, JMA Wireless and Solid Technologies are all working with SpiderCloud, with Advanced RF Technologies already claiming successful deployments.


For Verizon Wireless, using a small cell as a signal source looks like a potential solution to one of the biggest problems in the DAS market: enterprise customers are hesitant to invest in a system without assurance that at least one carrier will connect to it. Making the radio part of the DAS vendor’s equipment alleviates this concern.


“This allows the enterprise to get a guaranteed signal source and distribute it with the DAS system if they choose to do so,” explained Verizon’s Dennis McColl, the principal engineer who heads up the carrier’s in-building business. “The DAS systems themselves are meant to mimic an air interface so there’s really no reason why a DAS cannot be applied to the SpiderCloud radio node. … It’s not easy. DAS systems are certainly not easy. They’re the most complex, underestimated piece of equipment or architecture in the wireless landscape.”


McColl said it would be nice to see all Verizon Wireless’ DAS vendors develop their own small cells that could be integrated with the carrier’s network, but he realizes this is unlikely to happen anytime soon. McColl said the most likely contender might be CommScope, which purchased the Airvana small cell business in 2014, but so far the SpiderCloud small cell is the only one that is integrated into Verizon Wireless’ core network.


For companies in need of better cellular service, a DAS with its own signal source is often the best answer, McColl said, noting many companies try to address connectivity issues with repeaters, but these only solve for coverage and not for capacity.


For SpiderCloud, the DAS business is not one the Silicon Valley startup expected to be part of, but the company welcomes the opportunity to work with its former competitors.


“It is almost found money,” said SpiderCloud director of enterprise Art King, who said he’s hopeful corporate IT managers will find the budget to fund hybrid DAS/small cell systems. “CIOs can be very incentivized to find money in their budgets because the other execs are yelling at them to get it done,” King said.


McColl agreed that the demand is there, and said Verizon Wireless can’t fund a DAS for every company that wants one. But he wants to keep his subscribers happy, so if corporate customers are willing to pay for a DAS, Verizon Wireless is all for it.


“If somebody wants to pay for the ability to give our customers service, why not?” said McColl. “The ecosystem is asking for more support than we can give and so this gives them an opportunity to engage, and it’s something that we need to help.”


For the DAS vendors working with SpiderCloud, the addition of a signal source could make their systems easier to sell to corporate customers. Advanced RF Technologies marketing director Seri Yoon expects Verizon Wireless to spend less on indoor systems than it has in the past, and she hopes enterprises can pick up some of the slack.


Yoon added that for ADRF the SpiderCloud integration is “plug and play” because the ADRF system includes an Ethernet port and a power port. Yoon said the ADRF DAS with a small cell signal source is a good solution for new installations, but for existing systems she would expect to see small cells used to add capacity independently rather than as part of a DAS.


A Verizon Wireless DAS with a guaranteed signal source can be the first part of a system that will eventually support multiple carriers. McColl said enterprises can install these systems with a SpiderCloud radio node and then add other carrier radios down the road. But this would require the DAS vendor to integrate its system with the new small cell just as it has with the SpiderCloud equipment.