INFRASTRUCTURE Ownership

Reduce cost and expedite network deployment through Tilson's infrastructure affiliate.

ELEMENTAL INFRASTRUCTURE

Tilson’s asset owning affiliate, SQF, is a Competitive Local Exchange Carrier (CLEC) or Competitive Access Provider in all 50 states. We specialize in providing any element of our clients’ infrastructure – poles, towers, dark fiber and neutral host indoor and outdoor wireless networks. Our ability to finance the development of this infrastructure provides clients with the flexibility to lease back assets on extended payment terms.

 

SERVICES

Rights and Real Estate for Pole Ownership

Supported by Tilson’s real estate entitlement, engineering, construction and operational capabilities, Tilson’s infrastructure affiliate develops, owns, and leases back poles in the right of way to carriers, utilities, municipalities, enterprises, broadband/internet service providers and smart city IoT operators. Our growing national portfolio of wooden, metal, and decorative stealth structures enable today’s dense wireless coverage applications while working within local siting conditions.

Our flexible approach offers clients the ability to utilize new and existing infrastructure to optimize for aesthetics, cost, speed and technical requirements, supporting outdoor small cell, DAS, AMI, IOT and Wi-Fi applications. Learn more about Tilson’s outdoor small cell services.

To view our national footprint of pole locations and state, county and municipal consents, visit: http://www.tilsontech.com/assetmap.

To request underlying rights in a location not currently represented in our GIS tool, send us a request. Our historic average to secure underlying rights is 90-120 days if the jurisdiction is willing to allow new small wireless facilities. Our ability to jump-start a deployment by securing underlying rights in advance is a key differentiator that reduces small cell deployments by 4 months on average.

TOWER DEVELOPMENT

Supported by Tilson’s real-estate entitlement, engineering, construction, and operational capabilities, Tilson’s infrastructure affiliate develops, owns, and leases back towers to carriers, wireless broadband/internet service providers, IoT and public safety operators. Our organic growth model consists of identifying areas of coverage need, establishing land leases in compelling locations, and working with clients to lease and construct towers. Our flexible financing approach offers clients extended payment terms for wireless equipment fit-up if desired. Learn more about Tilson’s tower services.

 

FTTX

Supported by Tilson’s real-estate entitlement, engineering, construction, and operational capabilities, Tilson’s infrastructure affiliate develops, owns, and leases back dark fiber to carriers and wireless broadband/internet service providers. We leverage our deep experience working with communities to secure underlying rights and understand aesthetic concerns and restoration requirements. Fiber routes are designed in careful coordination with wireless node locations and existing utilities in order to minimize the impact of construction. Clients enjoy our ability to tackle everything from challenging 5G small cell front haul projects in park lands and dense urban cores, to rural tower backhaul and fiber on electrical transmission systems. Learn more about Tilson’s FTTx services.

NEUTRAL HOST WIRELESS NETWORKS

Supported by Tilson’s network engineering, construction, and operational capabilities, Tilson’s infrastructure affiliate develops, owns, and leases back neutral host indoor and outdoor wireless networks to carriers,  municipalities and enterprise customers. We leverage our deep experience working with Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), public safety stakeholders and building/venue owners to deliver custom, cost-effective solutions for the benefit of improved public connectivity. For single or multi-site businesses, the proper network and data connectivity services can increase productivity, increase revenues and decrease costs for education, government, venue, and healthcare. Our deep RF expertise in an outdoor setting includes stadium DAS, municipal Wi-Fi and college/business campus networks. Our seamless in-building capabilities include arenas, enterprise buildings and private LTE/CBRS networks. Learn more about Tilson's in building network services.

 

Project Examples

Replacing a Challenging Wood Pole

A wireless carrier wanted to use an existing wooden utility that was in poor repair. After extensive investigation, we determined that the pole was municipally-owned. The municipality did not object to the installation of a DAS node on its pole but did not want to deal with the hassle of replacing and maintaining the pole. The municipality entered into an agreement with SQF transferring ownership of the pole to SQF and granting us the authority to operate in the municipality’s right-of-way. SQF replaced the pole and installed the carrier node on the replacement pole. Along the way we addressed engineering challenges of replacing the pole immediately adjacent to a canal.

Upgrading a Light Fixture

A wireless carrier had a search area for a oDAS node on a private street with underground utilities. Although there were no wooden utility poles, the street was lighted with several cobra head style light fixtures. Tilson, through SQF, approached the property owner and negotiated an agreement for SQF to remove one existing light fixture and replace it with an SQF-owned stealth light fixture concealing a oDAS node. Tilson obtained zoning approval for a custom-designed fixture manufactured to conceal the oDAS node and blend into the streetscape. The luminaire from the existing light fixture was transferred to the new SQF fixture, allowing the new structure to blend in seamlessly.

Meet the Team

Alda Licis

Alda Licis

VP of Infrastructure

Alda Licis serves as Vice President of Infrastructure, leading Tilson’s infrastructure affiliate. Prior to joining Tilson, Alda was Principal/Owner of Front Range Infrastructure Consulting, LLC advising clients in the fiber and wireless industry. Previously, she worked for the Zayo Group holding several roles over her five-year tenure including managing the P&L for the data center business unit, developing Zayo’s first Small Cell Implementation team, managing large-scale fiber projects, and managing multiple Product teams responsible for strategic pricing of all dark fiber-based products (metro, long haul and FTT/Small Cell). Prior to Zayo, Alda managed the Chicago and Federal engineering offices for EYP Mission Critical Facilities, a data center design and consulting company which was acquired by Hewlett Packard. Alda began her career as a licensed Electrical Engineer designing power systems for commercial buildings.

Alda serves as the Chair of University of Colorado’s BOLD Advisory Council in the College of Engineering. She holds an Engineering degree from the University of Colorado and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago.

Liza Quinn

Liza Quinn

General Manager, Infrastructure

Liza Quinn serves as General Manager for Tilson's infrastructure division and has more than 15 years in the telecommunications and energy sectors with roles in product management, marketing, finance, and business development and has spent the past four years at Tilson consulting on broadband planning, leading network design build programs, and utility pole development. Liza served on her local planning board and has taught economics at Southern Maine Community College. She holds a BA degree in Geography from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Yale University. 

Will Ginn

Will Ginn

Director of Sales, Infrastructure

William Ginn serves as Director of Sales for Tilson and its infrastructure affiliate. Since 2014, he has been in the thick of small cell deployments, opening up new markets for Tilson and its carrier customers. In the last few years, he has found himself in the position of educating carriers, utilities, and municipalities about 4G/5G and thinking through the complex issues of what wireless in the right of way looks like as it grows into a mature and necessary segment of telecommunications infrastructure.

Alda Licis serves as Vice President of Infrastructure, leading Tilson’s infrastructure affiliate. Prior to joining Tilson, Alda was Principal/Owner of Front Range Infrastructure Consulting, LLC advising clients in the fiber and wireless industry. Previously, she worked for the Zayo Group holding several roles over her five-year tenure including managing the P&L for the data center business unit, developing Zayo’s first Small Cell Implementation team, managing large-scale fiber projects, and managing multiple Product teams responsible for strategic pricing of all dark fiber-based products (metro, long haul and FTT/Small Cell). Prior to Zayo, Alda managed the Chicago and Federal engineering offices for EYP Mission Critical Facilities, a data center design and consulting company which was acquired by Hewlett Packard. Alda began her career as a licensed Electrical Engineer designing power systems for commercial buildings.

Alda serves as the Chair of University of Colorado’s BOLD Advisory Council in the College of Engineering. She holds an Engineering degree from the University of Colorado and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago.

Liza Quinn serves as General Manager for Tilson's infrastructure division and has more than 15 years in the telecommunications and energy sectors with roles in product management, marketing, finance, and business development and has spent the past four years at Tilson consulting on broadband planning, leading network design build programs, and utility pole development. Liza served on her local planning board and has taught economics at Southern Maine Community College. She holds a BA degree in Geography from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Yale University. 

William Ginn serves as Director of Sales for Tilson and its infrastructure affiliate. Since 2014, he has been in the thick of small cell deployments, opening up new markets for Tilson and its carrier customers. In the last few years, he has found himself in the position of educating carriers, utilities, and municipalities about 4G/5G and thinking through the complex issues of what wireless in the right of way looks like as it grows into a mature and necessary segment of telecommunications infrastructure.

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