Announcements and the Latest in "Edge" related news


FCC opens docket that could expand carrier Right of Entry rights to commercial and retail properties

May 1, 2019  The FCC is proposing new regulations that would expand its previous rulings respecting Wireless Access Rights (aka: OTARDs).  If enacted this would provide carriers with additional rights to access buildings along the sides of public rights-of-way.   Under these proposed rules wireless carriers would be automatically allowed to place a repeater or other similar device anywhere that they have previously been given permission to mount a receiver.   However, a controversy might arise when a customer stops using a wireless service and wants to take down the antenna.   According to this new docket, that little circle of real estate around the receiver would now belong to the wireless carrier instead of the building owner and the carrier could insist that it stay in place.  One wonders if this same ruling might also be expanded to include the real estate used for wireline (fiber) installations as well.  See FCC  Docket 19-71 .

Real estate journal Connected Real Estate Magazine publishes CEP article in its Summer edition

September 4, 2018  This week the well-respected commercial real estate journal Connected Real Estate Magazine publishes the article "Bringing Your Buildings Into The 21st Century - Six Steps To Deploying Fiber Optics To Your Buildings" written by CEP's President Rob Nissen. Connected Real Estate Magazine is the commercial real estate industry's premier trade journal featuring the latest communications innovations and technologies being made available to attract and retain quality tenants.  Read the article here: 

Connected Edge Partners exhibits at Realcomm annual commercial real estate conference, Las Vegas, NV

 Las Vegas, NV  - On June 8, 2018  Connected Edge Partners, as both a sponsor and exhibitor at Realcomm's annual 2018 conference (, announced itself to over 2000 commercial and corporate real estate and technology professionals.  CEP's unique patent pending business model was very well received, generating much interest and comments. CEP was invited by the show's sponsors to participate in an event spotlighting emerging young new companies having exciting new products and services tailored to the needs of the commercial and retail real estate community.  For more information, see the CEP brochure under "Our Vision and Goals" by using the button below.    

CEP's President is featured speaker at 2018 Realcomm commercial real estate conference

Las Vegas, NV  - On June 8, 2018 Rob Nissen, President of Connected Edge Partners, was both a speaker and interviewed at Realcomm's ( annual 2018 conference made up of over 2000 commercial real estate and technology professionals.  Rob explained CEP's exciting new patent pending business model that serves tenant telecom needs on behalf of the interests of both the commercial real estate and telecommunications business communities.  Please see provided link to his interview ( )   


Wall Street places bets on small data hubs at the "Edge"

 9/13/2018   In an effort to have an edge in 5G startups (like CEP) are betting on future growth for small "Edge" placed data hubs.  Wall Street Journal says tech companies and private-equity firms are capitalizing on the new needs of 5G.  See below section to read the full WSJ article

With 5G on the Horizon, Startups See Potential in Edge Hubs

Tech companies/private-equity firms hope to capitalize on need for speed in the new technology

Sept. 12, 2018 10:02 p.m. ET  

"Some startups are betting that the next generation of wireless technology will force data-center operators to think small. That expectation stems from the importance next-generation wireless standards place on speed as much as on bandwidth. The 5G specifications expected to be finished next year will allow mobile equipment to process information more quickly, reducing the time it takes between a device’s call for information and its response from a network. 

Massive data centers favored by companies like Google owner Alphabet Inc. and Inc. are often too remote to take advantage of those timesaving improvements. Internet traffic must also flow through chains of network hubs run by third-party operators that aren’t guaranteed to be close to users.  With that in mind, startups are laying the groundwork for miniature facilities to process data quickly for specific towns and neighborhoods. 

“It doesn’t really matter how fast your handset is if you’ve got to travel 300 miles” to fetch data, says Mike Hagan, chief executive of data-center designer EdgeMicro Corp.  The Centreville, Va., startup is planning to deploy as many as 30 compact data centers near cell towers and other well-connected places close to users. The concept has attracted some small bets from tech companies and private-equity firms, including Berkshire Partners, which joined a Series C investment in Vapor IO Inc., another company looking to find a market niche by supplying smaller data centers. 

The companies wagering on these so-called edge data centers don’t expect to replace large data centers. Most of today’s mobile apps, streaming videos and social media work fine when delivered from the nearest server a few fractions of a second away. Developers of small data centers say their buildings will work first with data that is extremely time-sensitive, to improve the performance of services like live video and videogames that can be affected by delays of just milliseconds.  “It’s really important for us to be super close” to do that, Vapor Chief Executive Cole Crawford says. 

Eventually, small data centers could be important to the development of devices like next-generation drones and virtual-reality headsets. Vapor is developing miniaturized data centers that can be placed in small network facilities or at the base of cell towers, where wireless antennas and fiber-optic connections are already on hand. Tower operator Crown Castle International Inc. CCI +1.38% has invested in the company and plans to provide land for some of the roughly 100 small data centers expected to be online next year. Vapor and EdgeMicro plan to generate revenue the same way established companies like Equinix Inc. and Digital Realty Trust Inc. do through bigger, more centralized data centers. The startups will charge internet companies for space, power and network connections in their data centers. 

Big tech companies are preparing for the emergence of smaller data centers. Amazon, for instance, developed software specifically designed to filter data from smart devices and route the most time-sensitive data for local processing. Microsoft Corp.’s cloud-computing division developed a similar software suite tailored for smart devices. “While still early, the edge now appears to be shifting from concept to reality, with first movers now appearing to have momentum,” says Colby Synesael, an analyst at New York-based consulting firm Cowen & Co. 

As published by The Wall Street Journal and written by Drew Fitzgerald