Can I lease a portable tower?

by Fred
(California)

Can I lease a portable tower? Could I charge a fee in a dead zone "toll" to transfer calls to an active permanent tower? Could you charge a toll fee in a dead zone area? To send call to a active cell site?

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Oct 15, 2010
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You better have deep pockets
by: Anonymous

Fred,
You could but you would need to do the following.

1) Cell calls do not go from tower to tower. When you call from a cell phone the call is picked up by a call site and then it goes to a MTSO (Mobile telephone switch Office) via the regular phone lines or in rare instances, through a direct link microwave shot. So telco facilities and reliable power at your site would be needed.

2) Since cell phones operate at specific frequencies you would need to acquire a license for a band of frequencies that would match those of a specific major service. There are some rural cellular phone companies with some licenses that "THE MAN" has not yet purchased. Expect to millions of dollars for such a a license.

3) The you would need to purchase a few cells on wheels and cell equipment to operate the site, plus a network engineer to coordinate the network planning. Each Cell should cost you at lest $500,000.

So in reality it would prove difficult and very expensive for a very marginal return in a rural area. Your best bet is to just hire a radio engineer to study where existing sites are, guess where the next towers will be needed and purchase the right to those properties. Then contact the carriers and tell them you would be willing to have a site on the property.

Oct 14, 2010
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Cell Towers, Cancer and Medical Marijuana
by: Jenny

Dude, are you purposely sitting way close to those cell antennas so you can fry your brain and get some of that legal medicinal weed? Right on.

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