How Does AT&T and T-Mobile Merger Affect Cell Towers?

by Jason
(Maryland)

I own a building and I just found out today that two of my rooftop cell site tenants are merging, AT&T and T-Mobile. How will this affect me?

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Mar 26, 2011
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AT&T GROUND LEASES ARE FINE
by: in the loop

ANY AT&T CELL TOWER GROUND LEASE WILL NOT BE AFFECTED, JUST THE T-MOBILE SITES. SO IF HE HAS JUST AN ATT AND US CELLULAR WITH NO TENANTS ON THEM HE SHOULD BE A OK.

Mar 25, 2011
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tenmt - kiss one of your leases bye-bye
by: ROFL

Don't want to upset you, but if your AT&T antennas and T-Mobile antennas are on the same tower, and these 2 companies become one company, you are going to have to kiss one of the rental checks bye-bye in the next two or three years. I am not sure what you are so excited about but what the heck do I know.

Mar 25, 2011
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Have 2 towers
by: tenmt

Yes i have a us cellular tower and an att tower on my property , and am renegotiating the att tower leases, and have expected gains in rent coming in nov.2011, t-mobile will be added to the site and will double my rent, as a ground lease landlord. Thanks, go us-cellular and att/tmobile. I'm on your side.

Mar 21, 2011
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Excellent points..... you must be in the industry.
by: Sean (Tower Genius)

Excellent post. It will take time to sort this all out but the Tower companies all took major stock hits today and as we are seeing today, Sprint is decommissioning the old Nextel sites around the country.

Mar 21, 2011
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not too bad
by: Anonymous

It is true that some installations may be canceled at sites where both ATT and T-Mobile lease. But the big play for ATT is that they need the extra bandwidth now which is why the merger makes sense for them. In addition, the spectrum that T-Mobile uses is prime.

Combine that with ATT's desire to upgrade all T-Mobile customers to smart phones and the higher fees associated with them, and you are looking at even more bandwidth usage in the future. I don't think the merger will hurt the existing leases as much as it will hurt tower companies in future buildouts. If Crown Castle puts a tower up 4 years ago they have Verizon, ATT, Nextel, T-Mobile, Sprint, Alltel, etc as possible tenants. Now they will only have 3 majors. Not only do they have less leverage in negotiations but they stand to get less return on investment.

I own a cell tower and had similar concerns when an industry insider told me that with the advent of 4G and new devices coming up in the next few years the major carriers, and especially ATT, are working hard to try and meet the demand.

My concern was with Nextel being one of three carriers on my tower and would Sprint pull off.
No one has a crystal ball but smarter people than me have recently offered some pretty big numbers to buy me out. I could be wrong but I'll take that as a sign that I'm better off keeping my tower and let the chips fall where they may.

Mar 20, 2011
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AT&T and T-Mobile Merger will hurt many property owners
by: Anonymous

It might hurt you a great deal. AT&T will combine the T-Mobile frequencies into there existing leased space and they will cancel leases all over the country and only need one site.

That is happening right now with Sprint. The are removing the old Nextel sites from their inventory and they are canceling leases with landlords just like yourself.

Please contact the FCC Commissioners via E-mail to voice your concerns:

Chairman Julius Genachowski: Julius.Genachowski@fcc.gov
Commissioner Michael J. Copps: Michael.Copps@fcc.gov
Commissioner Robert McDowell: Robert.McDowell@fcc.gov
Commissioner Mignon Clyburn: Mignon.Clyburn@fcc.gov
Commissioner Meredith Attwell Baker: Meredith.Baker@fcc.gov



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