AT&T floats idea of selling some wireless infrastructure
0. phoneArena 16 Mar 2013, 02:22 posted on
During a dinner meeting with a group of money folks that work on Wall Street, AT&T shared available options...
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1. corporateJP (Posts: 1844; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)
This "divesting towers" scheme is a funny game.
I myself have seen a written "lease" on a divested tower.
Basically, the carrier sells the tower and has a permanent lease on space on it, but now the carrier no longer needs to service it, the new buyer is responsible for that.
Most of the time, extra space is used to lease to first responders and government agencies.
A good portion of the time, the buyers agreement has an exclusivity deal where the original carrier can be the only cellular carrier using the tower. It's disheartening for rural areas when this happens, as some areas could really benefit from multiple carriers renting on each other's towers.
It's a win situation for most carriers, as long as the new buyer is responsible for getting things taken care of quickly when work needs to be done.
2. lsutigers (Posts: 772; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)
All 4 major US carriers already do this to some degree, some more than others but it's not uncommon. No sense in "owning" the space on the tower when you can lease the space and let someone else that specializes in that maintain it.