AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 04 NOV 2019 Asia Related Previous ArticleSpark starts 5G trial for sailing squad on Huawei kitNext ArticleVodafone names head of new tower business INTERVIEW: The head of Ericsson’s North America business explained moving 5G deployments in the US forward had become more of a political issue than one involving standards or technology, given networks are already up and running.Niklas Heuveldop, president and head of the vendor’s Market Area North America unit (pictured), noted politicians and regulators in the country are now holding meaningful discussions around spectrum availability, seeking to address the need to combine high- mid- and low-tier bands to deliver nationwide access with fast data rates.He noted the US is “uniquely positioned to be working in all three bands”, with the combination “key for the success of 5G”.But spectrum is not the only political challenge. Heuveldop said delays in allocating zones and issuing permits for infrastructure “is what is holding us up right now”, while initial deployments had delivered “a clear understanding of how we could go faster”.The executive tipped 2020 as the year 5G technology would begin to truly take off in the US, with city- and nationwide coverage combining with greater availability of compatible devices to enable new use cases for consumers, enterprises and “also city-type solutions”.“We’ve been very focused on industrial, mining, automotive and other use cases, but I think next year we’ll see really where we start.”Heuveldop also discussed Ericsson’s commitment to bringing its R&D and manufacturing closer to its US customers through a raft of recent investments and the opening of a smart factory in Texas.View the full interview here. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back Tags Michael doesn’t want to admit that he has been a journalist and editor for close to 20 years covering a diverse set of subjects including shipping and shipbuilding, fixed and mobile telecoms, and motorcycling…More Read more Home Ericsson outlines US 5G challenges Michael Carroll Mobile Mix: Buzzing for Barcelona 5GEricssonNorth Americaspectrum Author Former Ericsson employees charged in bribery case Telkomsel turns on 5G in major cities
It was early 2009 when, following the tragic death of its finance director and departure of its city manager, Whitefish began to get its finances in order. Amid a recession that had hammered budgets elsewhere, the municipality remained quite optimistic. It reported having robust cash reserves and officials there were confident building permits would pick up again.Meanwhile, in Kalispell, the situation was dire. The finance director estimated that the city’s cash reserve could fall to a dismal $171,700. Department budgets had already been gutted and more cuts were considered. An already bleak outlook had only worsened.Since then, however, the two cities’ finances have taken opposite routes. By early 2010, Whitefish began bleeding money. Its city manager, Chuck Stearns, announced four layoffs, three from the building department, and said it appeared the city would finish the fiscal year in the red. He asked employees to take furloughs, ordered a hiring freeze and barred out-of-state travel.It was hard to fathom. The fastest-growing city in the state, one that had a reportedly stable budget just a year prior, was going broke. While $400,000 was lost to a Montana Supreme Court ruling against the city and property tax money was coming in more slowly due to the number of protests in an appraisal year, Whitefish’s biggest mistake was betting on growth. It lost badly.Revenue from planning and building permits plummeted and Stearns acknowledged that revenue estimates for each were “very aggressive and optimistic.” The municipality had banked on building to finance government and, like Kalispell before it, had lost its cash cow. The difference is Whitefish waited even longer to face this new reality, and is paying dearly because of it.Departments there are now bracing for a second round of layoffs, this one even deeper than the first. Police and fire departments, with jobs on the line, are warning of the public safety risks that would accompany lost personnel. The proposal hopes to increase budget reserves to $287,759, but the government parings would have been less shocking had the city acted earlier.Since early 2009, the city of Kalispell has been functioning as a bare bones operation. Interim City Manager Myrt Webb, and his successor Jane Howington, have been refreshingly blunt with city officials about its finances and the city council has slashed expenses accordingly.As 2010 approached, Kalispell’s reserves remained dangerously low, but appeared to be stabilizing. And at its most recent preliminary budget meeting, the city projected that its cash reserves will double, from $244,122 to $556,457.That number is still far from ideal for a city its size and has come at a steep cost. Howington acknowledged as much. “Our capital plan is pretty abysmal,” she said. “But we’re able to provide good basic services without having our residents suffer.”Anymore, that’s about all people can expect unless they want to pay more for services. In many cash-strapped cities, tax hikes have accompanied budget cuts, which is an especially raw deal.Many cities across the country face similar fates as those in the Flathead Valley: Growth that once helped subsidize government expenses has all but disappeared. Few could foresee the economy getting this bad and the housing and construction market experiencing such a drawn-out lull. But moving forward, city officials should stop counting on building dollars they previously relied on.All budget projections are arbitrary, but erring on the side of stagnant to little growth – even in burgeoning communities – just may prevent future layoffs and tax hikes. Email Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox.