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AT&T Sells Off 235 Cell Towers

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Replying to:  My Guess... by Iselltheshitoutofphones   Jan 20, 2009, 11:47 PM

Re: My Guess...

by WiWavelength    Jan 21, 2009, 2:23 PM

Iselltheshitoutofphones said:
The Network boys and girls sat down and looked at roaming revenue, tower capacity, and traffic. For those towers that didn't seem finacially advantageous to maintain, got the cut.

Makes sense.....to me.


Makes sense, but that is probably not the case in this situation.

Popular misconception is that a "tower" is appropriately synonymous w/ a "cell site." But a tower does not necessarily host a cell site, nor does a cell site necessarily reside upon a tower. For example, a tower could be a radio tower, a microwave tower, etc. And a cell site could be located on a multistory building, on a mountainside, etc.

Now, if a "tower" is descriptively qualified as a "cell tower," then that does definitely refer to a tower that hosts at least one cell site. Nevertheless, it refers only to the elevated metal structure, not to any antennas, coaxial cable, or base station equipment located on or near the tower.

Background info aside, when a news story -- such as this one about AT&T -- reports that a wireless carrier is selling "towers" or "cell towers," that almost always means that the carrier is selling only the elevated metal structures.

So, AT&T is probably not decommissioning any cell sites. Rather, AT&T is probably just selling the towers on which those cell sites reside, then renting back its locations on those towers from the new owner -- probably a tower management company.

And, in the world of cell towers, that is just business as usual...

AJ

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