I read a fascinating article about the increase in the number of cell phone towers in India. According to this article in the Economic Times- there are currently 110,000 cell phone towers in India currently – however, there will be 90,000 added for 2007 and another 90,000 added for 2008. Compare this with the 180,000 or so cell phone towers in the United States currently, and the 15,000 to 20,000 that will be added each year in 2007 to 2008. [Read more…] about Think there are too many cell towers in the US?
In late 2005, Global Signal announced the lease of 6600 Sprint towers and the sublease back of the towers by Sprint. One of the questions that we pondered during that time was how this lease would be interpreted if the underlying ground lease between the ground owner and Sprint prohibited subleasing. In a number of cases, Global Signal’s response was to simply craft a site management agreement and not sublease the tower. [Read more…] about Global Signal Sprint sublease questioned in IL Court
Just an interesting note from a Crown Castle presentation to a Lehman Brothers conference:
Wireless capital expenditures for the years from 2007-2010 are expected to remain relatively flat at $28 Billion in 2007, $27 Billion in 2008, $27 Billion in 2009, and $27 Billion again in 2010. [Read more…] about Wireless Carrier Expenditures Estimated 2007-2010
According to a New York Times article on WIFI enabled cell phones (and many other articles of similar nature), T-Mobile is gearing up to offer a dual mode phone that lets the user “seamlessly” switch between a WIFI network in the home or office (read: anywhere that the phone has been previously configured to use that network with proper security). [Read more…] about T-Mobile offers WIFI/Cellular dual mode phone
A landowner sold their cell phone tower lease to Wireless Capital Partners. The Wireless Capital Partners lease assignment and successor lease provided that they controlled the rights to the cell phone tower lease for 30 years. The lease actually has only 26 years remaining, so Wireless Capital Partners received 26 years under the assignment of lease and 4 years under a successor lease. A successor lease provides for the rights vested under the current cell phone tower lease after the expiration of the current lease. [Read more…] about Crown Castle offers landowners who sold to Wireless Capital Partners the "opportunity" to extend their cell tower ground lease.
AT&T Mobility announced the acquisition of Dobson Communications this past Monday for $2.8 billion. We believe this is an excellent deal- and would not be surprised to see further acquisitions by AT&T or TMobile as they attempt to buyout their roaming partners and expand their coverage through acquisition not through new site development. Dobson primarily uses GSM technology which is what AT&T uses as well. Dobson’s coverage is primarily in rural and suburban smaller markets nationwide. Allegedly, there isn’t much overlap in coverage. Dobson markets under the name of Cellular One.
As Dobson’s towers were acquired by Global Tower Partners in 2005, we suspect that the Dobson landowners won’t be contacted by Blackdot Wireless or Md7 to renegotiate their lease agreements downwards because of “duplication”. That doesn’t mean that landowners with AT&T cell phone tower leases won’t be contacted with a new pitch.
At Steel in the Air, Inc., we are constantly bombarded with questions about the issue of the safety of cell towers and the radio frequency emissions from them. Our answer is that we are not qualified to answer the question of whether cell towers are a health risk. We do point out that the Telecommunications Act of 1996 prohibits local communities from evaluating health risks as part of a decision on whether to approve or deny a cell tower in a zoning hearing. In fact, if it becomes apparent that a cell tower was denied on the basis of health risks, the decision can be overturned on appeal. [Read more…] about Cell Tower Health – American Cancer Society Summary of Research
Global Tower Partners announced their acquisition to a consortium led by Macquarie Infrastructure Partners and Macquarie Communications Infrastructure Group. A quick search for Macquarie finds that they created the entities last year to fund investments in infrastructure. [Read more…] about Global Tower Partners acquired by Private Equity
Now that MetroPCS has acquired spectrum under the Advanced Wireless Services auction and spent over $363,000,000 to acquire the 10 mHz NYC C block license (shown in dark red) which covers 27,000,000 people and acquired an additional 10 mHz of spectrum with the Northeast D block license (shown in light red) for $552,000,000 which covers the entire northeast and includes over 50,000,000 people, they have plans to start building out the network. See MetroPCS auction bids in this PDF from the FCC. (Map -copyright 2007- Steel in the Air, Inc.) [Read more…] about MetroPCS set to build over 1000 sites in New York