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Update on 2022 in Wireless- analysis and expectations.

Now that we have passed the midpoint of 2022, we thought it might be helpful to share our observations from the first half of 2022 and our expectations for the latter half. First, we start with wireless carrier and tower company activity: AT&T AT&T is deploying 5G (via C-Band spectrum) faster than expected. They allege […]

Q1 2022 State of the Industry Update from Ken

For anyone hoping that 2022 would slow down from 2021, that will not happen. We enjoyed a slight lull in activity in January, only to be slammed in February and March. What’s occupying us these days? AT&T C-Band Modifications. AT&T is adding C-Band equipment to their existing macrocells to provide mid-band (faster) 5G. Because they […]

Cell Tower Lease Revenue Share Hijinks

A client of ours has a ground lease with one of the big three public tower companies. Instead of rent, the landowner gets a straight percentage of the revenue from all wireless carriers subleasing space on the tower. The client contacted us to help them sell the lease. However, when we reviewed the revenue share […]

5G Site Marketing: Scam or Opportunity?

One of the more disturbing trends in 2021 and early 2022 is the rise of the “5G site marketing companies.” Over the past year, we have observed a substantial increase in the number of proposals issued to our larger municipal and corporate clients. Some of these companies include 5G, LLC.; SiteMark, LLC.; Aon 5G; and […]

Our 2022 Predictions for the Wireless Industry

Steel in the Air’s 2022 Predictions for Cell Tower Leasing and Valuation. While 2021 certainly impacted many industries negatively, the wireless industry wasn’t one of them. This past year was a particularly strong year for tower companies and landowners. Looking forward into 2022, we see more of the same. Wireless Service Provider Predictions. Wireless service […]

When is a Building Permit Required for Equipment Changes?

When is a Building Permit Required for Equipment Changes? In recent years, our clients have experienced a number of requests for modifications to existing cell sites.   Both tower owners and rooftop owners are getting these requests from the wireless carriers to upgrade their cell sites.  Typically these upgrades are for 5G or other advanced wireless […]

What’s Happening with Cell Tower Leases in 2021?

Earlier this month, we did our Wireless Industry Forecasts for 2021 webinar, which is available for viewing here, along with some other webinars about the industry that we did in 2020. While there were a few forecasts related to wireless leasing in the webinar, we thought it might be helpful to pen a blog post […]

Getting What You Deserve from your Cell Tower Lease!

Getting What You Deserve from your Cell Tower Lease! Missing Income: Electric and tax reimbursement clauses in cell site leases. In the standard cell tower lease, most of the compensation comes from rent, which typically increases over the course of the lease due to escalation. In a small percentage of leases, the landowner may receive […]

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