T-Mobile LTE expansion in major cities

by Michelle
(Santa Cruz )

I just heard that T-Mobile is going to be expanding to LTE antennas in the big cities because of the extra spectrum and cash that they were able to pick up from AT&T resulting from AT&T's failed attempted to acquire them.
I saw that the following cellular markets were going to be targeted for expansion:

San Diego, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Seattle, Houston, Dallas, Atlanta, Boston, Baltimore and Washington DC.

Interestingly, and this is part of my question, why is Chicago not a part of this list and I also noticed that they New York City and New Jersey metropolitan areas are not listed in their initial plans.

What are T-Mobiles average rental prices when they upgrade to the LTE antennas in the cities listed above? Is there that much of a difference in those markets and how does San Francisco or L.A. differ from Chicago or New York in pricing?

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Mar 13, 2012
My parents have a T-Mobile lease
by: Michelle

Hey Tower Genius, just asking because my parents have a T-Mobile cell tower in California and we also own a commercial property with AT&T and U.S. Cellular on a tower in Illinois. I like to keep informed with what is going on in the cell tower industry because it's a very good source of additional revenue for us at our our facilities. I really like your website as it's very informative and also loved some of the the crazy you tube videos!

Mar 12, 2012
Look at your lease. Stop worrying about what others are getting.
by: Tower Genius

Michelle, thanks for the question. First of all, are you a cell site landlord or why is this topic of interest to you? Yes, the LTE expansion has value. We have been helping many AT&T and Verizon Wireless landlords with their LTE upgrade amendments over the past year and a half or so, and we always were able to help get a bump in the rent -- so T-Mobile should be no different.

Regarding T-Mobile's LTE plans, there is a lot of buzz going on. We don't work for them so we don't know any specifics about Chicago or NYC, what does that matter if you are in Santa Cruz, CA? We have been seeing a lot of activity in California with T-Mobile from SF up to Oregon and other places, so that's a good sign.

Bottom line is if T-Mobile comes to you for your consent or to have you sign off on approvals to go forward with work, then you should talk to an expert (preferably our company).

Hope that helps.

Tower Genius

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