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AT&T Sells Off 235 Cell Towers

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Why Ma Bell sell?

Rueuhy

Jan 20, 2009, 6:58 PM
Why are they selling towers in the first place? Are these 2G or 3G? I live in a city without 3G and was told we'd have 3G a year ago. So I guess I wonder why they're pushing 3G down our throats when half the country can't connect to their 3G. When my contract's up on my last line, and if we don't have 3G yet, hello verizon. Maybe.
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Slammer

Jan 20, 2009, 8:29 PM
Rueuhy said:
Why are they selling towers in the first place? Are these 2G or 3G? I live in a city without 3G and was told we'd have 3G a year ago. So I guess I wonder why they're pushing 3G down our throats when half the country can't connect to their 3G. When my contract's up on my last line, and if we don't have 3G yet, hello verizon. Maybe.


Selling their towers will have no bearing in providing 3G. They own the infrastructure(antennas,cabling, etc) that is on the towers. It is cheaper to lease the tower rather tnan own it. This is generally common practice now. Most carriers are channeling on this.
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mosherkl

Jan 20, 2009, 9:17 PM
Verizon did this a few years ago (selling off to Crown I believe). Biting them in the butt now, though. More and more tower owners are making carriers specify specific antenna models, coax types & sizes, tower mounted amps, combiners, etc in their leases. Now if a carrier decided they need to adjust antennas or change them to better serve an area, the tower owner can jack rent because they're making a change. And provided that's the only tower in an area and the tower owner isn't being completely unreasonable in the rent increase, a carrier is going to have a VERY difficult road ahead if they decide it's not worth it and want to erect their own tower instead.
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