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Pole Management


Advanced management solutions create opportunities for utility pole infrastructure owners.

New regulations, new business opportunities, and new technologies have raised the stakes for utility pole infrastructure owners to transform their approaches to managing these assets. One major catalyst for these developments is the emergence of 5G cellular mobile technology, which will rely on small cells to deliver high data rates, low latency, energy savings, expanded system capacity, and massive device connectivity. 

But pole owners see other benefits in updating their management systems, including centralized asset management, improved coordination among joint owners of pole structures, streamlined workflows, and automated reporting. Best-in-class pole management systems support geospatial mapping, to give pole owners visibility to asset age, condition, and loading characteristics by location. This, in turn, helps systemize maintenance, leasing programs, and disaster protocols. 

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Customer Benefits

Rapid growth in intelligent devices, 5G cellular network buildout, and other enabling technologies are driving the value of utility pole infrastructures skyward. This makes modernization of pole management solutions mission-critical. Best-in-class pole management systems enable:

  • Centralized access to pole assets, structural, loading data, and workflow automation.
  • Anytime, anywhere access via a secure cloud architecture.
  • Granular configuration of read-only and read-write access by user/ organization.
  • Real-time collaboration and email integration.
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$26 B


Total network infrastructure spend in 2022. (IDC)

186 M


Number of 5G connections in North America in 2023. (5G Americas) 



Average annual pole space lease rate, wired communications. (Center for Technology, Innovation, and Competition, University of Pennsylvania Law School) 



Average annual pole space lease rate, wireless communications. (Center for Technology, Innovation, and Competition, University of Pennsylvania Law School) 

30 to 40 years


Average service life, wood utility poles. (SCS Global Services)