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Meet V-COMM Experts: Rick Opalesky & Stephanie Koles

Meet V-COMM Experts Rick Opalesky and Stephanie Koles

We sat down with Rick Opalesky, former senior real estate and construction manager at AT&T, and Stephanie Koles, former radio frequency engineer at Verizon, to get their unique takes on the wireless industry as they transition their careers from big-name wireless carriers to our own independent wireless engineering firm.

Prior to working for V-COMM, you worked for some of the biggest names in wireless. How do your experiences from these large corporations translate to an independent consulting firm?

RICK Fluently, I suppose would be the best word choice.  We work in a specialized industry, from the “boots on the ground” technician installing and maintaining hardware to executive management’s strategic plotting of the course, few are fluent in the specific nuances associated with the concept, design, installation, integration and optimization of wireless architecture; especially in the cellular arena. This is a very exciting industry to be a part of, the “tip of the spear” in communication technology, if you will. For me, the timing seemed right to make a move as the pendulum began swinging toward third-party operators building more of the architecture necessary to support evolving technology. So, here I am at V-COMM, happy to translate the needs of the large corporation.

STEPHANIE – I find my large corporation experiences enable me to confidently serve our clients and lead those around me through the challenging technical projects on which we embark. We get the tougher challenges and I welcome them.

Do you find yourself with a different perspective of the wireless industry when working for an independent consulting firm versus the large wireless carriers?

RICK – There is certainly more on the line, without a doubt. The large wireless carriers are always going to be around and they will always be in need of assistance from qualified entities. Providing the supply to meet that demand creates a fiercely competitive atmosphere. That competitiveness, coupled with a tight knit and specialized industry, means that if you are not doing a good job, people find out fast.  The wireless carriers are virtually unsinkable. Sure, they may change names or merge or be acquired, but they remain.  When it comes to the smaller players – or support vessels – you have to “put up or shut up.”

STEPHANIE – I must say stepping into V-COMM has made me more aware of the different technologies and equipment vendor providers. This is a welcomed opportunity to expand my knowledge base and certainly nice to be considered a well-rounded expert.

How has the wireless industry changed since you began your engineering career?

RICK – Ha! That is like asking someone how their kids have changed over 20+ years.  In one word: iPhone. The launch of Apple’s now iconic device – and it was a 2G EDGE model at launch to boot – changed everything. Seemingly overnight, the industry’s priority went from just call quality to both call quality and increasing throughput. From coverage to capacity. Suddenly, having four or five signal bars did not mean a darn thing if a video became pixelated. Data became king fast and, man, did we work hard to keep up. Heck, we still are, from AMPS to 5G. From “can you hear me now” to “can you see me now” and beyond.

STEPHANIE – Wireless continues to morph forward as technology brings us yet more stunning handheld devices. I have seen the entire cellular industry start from a Bell Laboratories concept and grow through many generations of devices to our current infatuation with holding a device in our hands that now rules the many facets of our lives. It continues to amaze me that we went from “no one will ever carry these around with them,” to these devices being valued as a fashion accessory in one’s back pocket. Wow.

You started working for V-COMM shortly before the pandemic swept the nation. How has your brief time with V-COMM so far been changed because of this momentous current event?

RICK – It’s hard to tell. I started on March 16, 2020, almost exactly when the pandemic began causing widespread shutdowns, so all I have known is working for V-COMM during a pandemic. From what I expected, the major difference is being much more strategic about when, where and why I am on-site at a venue. I focus mainly on making the absolute most of my time on-site.  So I guess this pandemic has made me more efficient with my time in the field, but it also limits the frequency with which I am able to manage the task at-hand in real time and in-person. It’s probably more a “six of one and half dozen of the other.”  I can tell you, though. I am grateful to be working hard during this pandemic. If anything, the pandemic has made me feel part of an effort that seems bigger than just working to ensure a good user experience at airports, train stations, hospitals and the like.  I believe we, as an industry, are critical to our success in making it through this hopefully once-in-a-lifetime event. 

STEPHANIE – The word “scary” comes to mind when the virus first hit hard in the New York Metropolitan area. Being considered an essential business in the midst of this health crisis grants me the courage to strive through the madness to serve our clients well. 2020 is yet another challenge in life that we all must overcome.

As an independent consulting firm, V-COMM gets involved in many different technical projects, across a variety of clients. Has this broadened your technical horizon, and if so, how?

RICK – Not so much yet, but only because of the nature of my introduction to V-COMM being associated with one large client and venue. However, I know it will broaden, as I am always eager to learn.  It is just a matter of time.

STEPHANIE – I was always destined to work in wireless and wrapping my head around
large-scale DAS deployments has been a new excitement for me. It is another feather in my cap of RF-related endeavors. Small cells, iDAS, oDAS and DRAN deployments continue to be a major focus for many in the industry and being fully involved in this is very cool stuff.


V-COMM is a leading provider of integrated network engineering, radio frequency engineering and business services. V-COMM delivers the needed expertise and cost-effective solutions to governmental agencies and wireless operators. V-COMM also provides design and design/build services for In-building, In-tunnel and other wireless telecommunications networks.


V-COMM Continues Public Safety Wireless Work in Cape May County, NJ

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Cranbury, NJ (October 27, 2020)—V-COMM, a leading telecommunications engineering firm, was hired by Cape May County, New Jersey to continue the expansion of the County’s 700 megahertz (MHz) Project 25 (P25) system in conjunction with New Jersey’s Public Safety Interoperable Communications (PSIC) network.

The County’s new network is being built in conjunction with the State of New Jersey’s P25 network and provides interoperability for all agencies within the county and state. The expanded public safety wireless system will provide direct interoperability with Cape May County’s neighbors, Atlantic County and Cumberland County.

V-COMM is providing the engineering, FCC licensing and project management that will bring this network into existence.

“We are happy to, once again, utilize V-COMM’s experience in deploying this complicated network to benefit our residents and first responders,” said Martin Pagliughi, Emergency Management Coordinator for Cape May County.

“Our team is proud to join forces with Cape May County to ensure its first responders have high-quality, reliable and interoperable communications,” said Dominic Villecco, president of V-COMM. “This will have a positive impact on all Cape May County residents for many years to come.”

V-COMM is a leading provider of network engineering, radio frequency engineering and related business services, with offices in Cranbury, New Jersey and Exton, Pennsylvania. V-COMM delivers the needed expertise and cost-effective solutions to governmental agencies, wireless operators and commercial entities. V-COMM also provides design and design/build services for in-building, in-tunnel and other wireless telecommunications networks. For more information, visit www.vcomm-eng.com.

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For more information, contact Gina Villecco at (609) 655-1200 or email Gina at gina.villecco@vcomm-eng.com.

V-COMM Awarded Contract, New Tower Build For Public Safety Radio System in Cumberland County, NJ

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Cranbury, NJ (November 1, 2019)—V-COMM, a leading telecommunications engineering firm, was hired by Cumberland County, New Jersey to help enhance the County’s proposed 700 megahertz (MHz) Project 25 (P25) system and build a new wireless communications tower in Port Norris, located in Commercial Township, New Jersey.

V-COMM previously helped Cumberland County with new towers in Maurice River Township and Lawrence Township as part of a plan to migrate the County’s first responders to the Public Safety Interoperable Communications (PSIC) network.

“Several years ago, we developed a plan for the County to work with the State of New Jersey to develop an interoperable communications network with up-to-date features needed by first responders,” said Dominic Villecco, president of V-COMM. “It’s great to be a part of the effort to bring advanced communications to the first responders in Cumberland County.”

“Our plan all along was to develop a joint network with New Jersey,” said Gabe Scarpa, Director of 911 for Cumberland County. “The new tower in Port Norris is another step in the right direction to developing a reliable and robust radio communications system for first responders.”

“Several years ago, Cumberland County embarked on a plan developed by former Public Safety Director James Matlock to deliver high-quality radio communications for our first responders,” said Joe Derella, Freeholder Director of Cumberland County. “This new tower is yet another significant investment the County is making to achieve that vision.”

Deputy Freeholder Director and Public Safety Co-Liaison Darlene Barber explained, “Our first responders have done a wonderful job with an outdated network, but now is the right time to make an investment in the type of communications platform to handle today’s threats to public safety.”

V-COMM is a leading provider of network engineering, radio frequency engineering and related business services, with offices in Cranbury, New Jersey and Exton, Pennsylvania. V-COMM delivers the needed expertise and cost-effective solutions to governmental agencies, wireless operators and commercial entities. V-COMM also provides design and design/build services for in-building, in-tunnel and other wireless telecommunications networks. For more information, visit www.vcomm-eng.com.

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For more information, contact Gina Villecco at (609) 655-1200 or email Gina at gina.villecco@vcomm-eng.com.

V-COMM Awarded Contract to Assist with Radio System in Cape May County, NJ

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Cranbury, NJ (October 24, 2019)—V-COMM, a leading telecommunications engineering firm, was hired by Cape May County, New Jersey to help expand the County’s 700 megahertz (MHz) Project 25 (P25) system in conjunction with New Jersey’s Public Safety Interoperable Communications (PSIC) network.

In addition to improving existing sites around the county, V-COMM will also oversee the site development and installation of two new tower sites to enhance its county-wide public safety radio communications system. The system will serve first responders locally and provide state-wide interoperability.

“V-COMM is providing the advice and direction we’ve been looking for to properly manage and improve public safety communications for both the first responders and residents of Cape May County and beyond,” said Martin Pagliughi, Emergency Management Coordinator for Cape May County.

“We are excited to provide an enhanced level of interoperability communications for Cape May County,” said Dominic Villecco, president of V-COMM. “The county is in capable hands with our team’s extensive knowledge of public safety communications.”

“Public safety is one of the most important roles in government and we are proud to be making investments into this area,” said Cape May County Freeholder Director Gerald Thornton. “Communication is so important in emergency situations and this system will greatly enhance our County.”

V-COMM is a leading provider of network engineering, radio frequency engineering and related business services, with offices in Cranbury, New Jersey and Exton, Pennsylvania. V-COMM delivers the needed expertise and cost-effective solutions to governmental agencies, wireless operators and commercial entities. V-COMM also provides design and design/build services for in-building, in-tunnel and other wireless telecommunications networks. For more information, visit www.vcomm-eng.com.

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For more information, contact Gina Villecco at (609) 655-1200 or email Gina at gina.villecco@vcomm-eng.com.

V-COMM Wins Competitive Bid To Become Passaic County’s Strategic Planning Partner In Innovative Multi-City 5G Study

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Cranbury, NJ (August 9, 2019)—The County of Passaic was named one of nine communities in New Jersey to receive a grant for the Innovative Challenge Program developed by the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) and chose V-COMM, LLC as its strategic planning partner.

With V-COMM’s help, Passaic County will develop a needs assessment for the Cities of Passaic and Paterson to evaluate building infrastructure and wireless network capabilities to install a high-speed 5G wireless and fiber network in both the commercial and industrial areas of Passaic and Paterson.

V-COMM is Passaic County’s exclusive advisor and expert engineering firm for the evaluation and recommendation of city-wide wireless networks, incorporating emerging 5G technologies to further economic development in the county.

“We are very pleased to work with V-COMM, with its extensive experience in the wireless industry,” said Deborah Hoffman, Director of Economic Development for Passaic County. “This needs assessment done by V-COMM will help advance our economic goals for the county.”

“As a New Jersey-based telecommunications engineering firm, we are very excited to utilize the skills and capabilities we have practiced for the last 24 years to help our state progress both economically and wirelessly,” said Dominic Villecco, President and Founder of V-COMM. “With 5G just around the corner, we look forward to seeing one of the latest technology 5G networks in the nation right here in our great state.”

V-COMM is a leading provider of network engineering, radio frequency engineering and related business services, with offices in Cranbury, New Jersey and Exton, Pennsylvania. V-COMM delivers the needed expertise and cost-effective solutions to governmental agencies, wireless operators and commercial entities. V-COMM also provides design and design/build services for in-building, in-tunnel and other wireless telecommunications networks. For more information, visit www.vcomm-eng.com.

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For more information, contact Gina Villecco at (609) 655-1200 or email Gina at gina.villecco@vcomm-eng.com.