CellWaves – Wireless Consultants for Property Owners https://cellwaves.net Industry Experience Working For Wireless Property Owners Fri, 16 Feb 2018 18:30:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.5 https://cellwaves.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/cropped-CellWaves-Logo-Only-32x32.jpg CellWaves – Wireless Consultants for Property Owners https://cellwaves.net 32 32 I Want A Cell Tower https://cellwaves.net/bring-cell-tower-to-your-property/ Tue, 05 Sep 2017 07:31:59 +0000 https://cellwaves.net/?p=4520 Many people often ask us how to bring a new cell tower to their property. The process is not easy because cell site location selection criteria is not about how much land you have or.....

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Many people often ask us how to bring a new cell tower to their property. The process is not easy because cell site location selection criteria is not about how much land you have or how willing the landowner is.  Rather, it is more about where you are located.  Many factors determine the viability of a cell site location, but they all start from the engineering side of the business.  However, some wireless carriers (Sprint, T-Mobile, AT&T, and Verizon) and tower companies (Crown Castle, American Tower Corporation (ATC), and SBA Communications) keep a database of “friendly landlords.”  We have made it easy for you to communicate with all the national wireless cellular carriers, along with the top three national tower companies here.

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5G Technology’s Impact On Your Cell Site https://cellwaves.net/5g-technologys-impact-cell-site/ Wed, 30 Aug 2017 15:44:00 +0000 https://cellwaves.net/?p=4410 About every five years, a new generation of equipment, standards and infrastructure is introduced to the wireless industry. 4G is the current platform that delivers “fast” throughput on mobile handsets such as Apple iPhones or.....

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About every five years, a new generation of equipment, standards and infrastructure is introduced to the wireless industry. 4G is the current platform that delivers “fast” throughput on mobile handsets such as Apple iPhones or Samsung’s Galaxy products. However, the reality is that money-paying cell phone users experience substantially slower speeds than the technology promises in the lab with a single user downloading massive files.

The industry has a fix for that now. 5G. The fifth generation of wireless protocols means that phones will work at broadband speeds (think WiFi). But as off the later half of 2017, it is still in the experimental stages where companies like Verizon, T-Mobile and AT&T are still selecting cities to test the new technology’s interoperability with their existing infrastructure. Since the new technology requires the use of new frequency bands, today’s phones do not support such advances yet. So the migration to 5G will be dependent on carriers augmenting their existing infrastructures with 5G gear, along with wireless subscribers like you and I buying new 2018 versions of yet-to-be-built iPhones and Samsung Galaxies.

One notable difference with 5G technology is that it is using much higher frequencies than its predecessor 1G, 2G, 3G UMTS, and 4G LTE technologies. High frequencies have greater loss in open space compared to lower frequencies. This is laws of physics. Thus, Carriers cannot just put 5G on existing cell towers and rooftops and expect a mobile phone to have full 5G coverage and seamless signal handoffs when they drive from one location (cell site) to another location. The new technology is predominantly focused in on inbuilding situations where much smaller equipment are placed indoors to offload traffic that normally would have consumed too much capacity from cell towers and rooftop sites nearby. This means there will be less dependencies of cell tower and rooftop sites in the core metro areas (not so in rural areas where cell towers provide the majority of the signal sources for mobile phone users).

What does this mean to you as a landlord? If you live in the metro areas where 5G is targeted to be initially deployed, the carriers’ aim to direct cellular traffic away from your cell site, and into cheaper 5G sites in areas of high concentration of buildings and population. Less dependency on your tower can translate to less revenue for that tower, and less inclined to offer more money for your cell site lease. To be sure, you site is not going away today due to the advent of 5G, but it will be impacted by it. Success or failure of 5G deployment will have an impact on your lease revenue if it is up for renewal soon.

Contact us at CellWaves and we can help sort all this out for you.

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FirstNet Awarded To AT&T https://cellwaves.net/firstnet-awarded-to-att/ Sat, 05 Aug 2017 15:14:11 +0000 http://cellwaves.horixon.net/?p=4133 March 2017:   National First Responder program funds a nationwide wireless broadband network dedicated to first responders.  http://www.firstnet.gov/  It is a major $46 billion national initiative funded by the Department of Commerce.  AT&T is awarded.....

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FirstNetMarch 2017:   National First Responder program funds a nationwide wireless broadband network dedicated to first responders.  http://www.firstnet.gov/  It is a major $46 billion national initiative funded by the Department of Commerce.  AT&T is awarded the first phase of the contract.  How does this impact landlords of existing cell towers?  Absolutely none.  The beneficiary of the program will be (1) first responders when the system is operational (2) AT&T for the profit they will reap from this government contract (3) tower companies (SBA, Crown Castle, and ATC) for having the towers in place to lease additional tower space for such expansions.  Not surprisingly, practically all existing tower landlords will see no benefits because they do not own the towers.  They merely collect rent for the tower space.  For the few landlords that currently have revenue-sharing arrangement negotiated in their contracts, they will see a bump up in their monthly income if their site is selected as the FirstNet tower location.  For very savvy landlords, they contact CellWaves to change this arrangement so that the lease terms that were negotiated 10-20 years ago are corrected by CellWaves.  Click on “Contact Us” and let us tell you how we can help you make more money.

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Sprint To Be Acquired? https://cellwaves.net/sprint-to-be-acquired/ Fri, 04 Aug 2017 19:02:58 +0000 http://cellwaves.horixon.net/?p=4075 August 4, 2017:  For a few years now, Sprint has been shopping for a buyer to invest in the company.  Sprint has lost customers, replaced its management, and froze any capital plans until a new purchaser.....

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sprint logoAugust 4, 2017:  For a few years now, Sprint has been shopping for a buyer to invest in the company.  Sprint has lost customers, replaced its management, and froze any capital plans until a new purchaser is found.  The pace of behind-the-scene deal making has picked up in recent months, with rumors that it would be picked up by T-Mobile, Comcast, Charter Communications have all been to be purported facts, then rumors then facts.  Until Sprint’s fate is sealed with a purchaser, it will continue to flounder because it is out of capital and cash to make it on its own.  The implication to Sprint cell tower and rooftop landlords is that Wall Street buyers are hesitant in purchasing Sprint leases, which has adverse implications to Sprint leases owned by landlords.

There are still some Buyers who are hopeful that Sprint will continue to be a force in the wireless industry.  They are still buying up Sprint leases for now.  But as soon as an announcement is made that Sprint has agreed to be acquired, landlords can expect that their Sprint leases will have no monetary value to Wall Street purchasers.  This is because the risk of having those sites terminated is too high.

Property owners of Sprint cell sites need to be aware that there is a strong likelihood of their Sprint lease value becoming zero in the open market.  These things happen as we have seen with Nextel (acquired by Sprint), Cricket (acquired by AT&T) and MetroPCS (acquired by T-Mobile.

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Small Cells In Deployment https://cellwaves.net/small-cells-in-deployment/ Thu, 13 Apr 2017 19:00:32 +0000 http://democellwaves.jzooba.com/?p=1454 May 2016:  Just this week, CommScope announced that national wireless carriers have committed to “an extensive deployment” of its small cells in small to medium-sized business locations. The deployment is part of the carriers’ network.....

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Small Cell InstallationMay 2016:  Just this week, CommScope announced that national wireless carriers have committed to “an extensive deployment” of its small cells in small to medium-sized business locations. The deployment is part of the carriers’ network densification plan, which the companies continue to pursue both for LTE services and in advance of 5G. The cells are based on Qualcomm FSM small and Qualcomm VIVE Wi-Fi chipsets and support both 2.5 GHz TD-LTE and 802.11ac dual-band, dual-concurrent Wi-Fi.

May 2016:  1. Small cells are a crucial part of Sprint’s strategy to improve its network while cutting some of the costs associated with traditional macrocells. “When you’re poorer than the rest (of the carriers), when you have less money, you’re going to deploy your network” in different ways, Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure said during a conference call with media representatives following the carrier’s quarterly earnings release this week. “We’re a lot smarter in how we’re deploying our network,” Claure continued, saying the carrier has begun to employ a “site by site” strategy. “We’re not going to the tower companies and signing a 20-year agreement if there’s no need.”

March 2016:  In 2016, the wireless industry is ramping up the deployment of Small Cells on utility poles where rent can be as low is $60 per month.  We know from our insider knowledge that when these small cells are fully operational later 2016, there will be less dependencies on macro (big) cell sites.  See how Sprint uses Small Cells in its network.

March 2016:  See hundreds of Engineering positions posted by wireless carriers looking for Small Cell engineers.  Just Google “Small Cell wireless engineer” and you will see the tremendous demand for Small Cell RF Engineers.  This is real. 2016 is the year of Small Cell buildouts.

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Market Value Lease https://cellwaves.net/market-value-for-my-lease/ Thu, 13 Apr 2017 18:57:28 +0000 http://democellwaves.jzooba.com/?p=1449 No, it is never too late to review your lease to see if you can get higher rent.  It is easier if your lease is coming up for renewal.  It is more difficult now that.....

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No, it is never too late to review your lease to see if you can get higher rent.  It is easier if your lease is coming up for renewal.  It is more difficult now that you have signed an agreement.  However, the carriers need your property and will do whatever is fair to stay on your property.  It is our job to bring value to both the carrier and you when asking for additional rent.  We will never ask you to sign anything until you see hard numbers in writing from us.  We will tell you if we can help you get more money, and how much.  Then you decide if you want us to pursue that or not.  We only get paid if you get higher rent.  We only take on projects that we feel strongly about winning.  It costs you nothing.  You get total confidence that you received top dollars and expert support for your site. 

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What Are My Lease Risks? https://cellwaves.net/what-are-my-lease-risks/ Thu, 13 Apr 2017 18:57:00 +0000 http://democellwaves.jzooba.com/?p=1450 Every cell site lease has a 30, 60, or 90-day early termination clause in favor of the carriers or tower companies.  This is because they anticipate mergers and acquisitions as a real possibility in the.....

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a111Every cell site lease has a 30, 60, or 90-day early termination clause in favor of the carriers or tower companies.  This is because they anticipate mergers and acquisitions as a real possibility in the industry.  They want the flexibility of being able to give you a brief notice and terminate all leases without any obligations beyond the notice.  This is very problematic to call landlords because they cannot forecast future revenues with certainty.  Additionally, this early termination clause prevents banks from loaning against the revenue streams.

While the risk is real, as mergers and acquisitions happen frequent in the industry.  Sprint purchased Nextel.  AT&T purchased Cricket.  T-Mobile purchased MetroPCS, Verizon purchase Alltel.  And these are just the most recent purchases.  Each time there’s an acquisition, companies will identify duplicate list of cell sites that will no longer be required by the purchasing company.  After the removal of obviously duplicating sites, engineers will be given the assignment to optimize the system even more to get more sites removed from the system. Providing similar or better coverage to both companies with fewer cell sites, fewer technicians, and fewer engineers are the very reasons why companies merge in the first place.

Immediately after the announcement of the purchase, all cell sites of the company being acquired will be valued at zero to Wall Street, because their cell sites are at a substantial risk of being terminated.  It is true with Cricket landlords, whom we advised that they are likely to be acquired by a much larger company.  At the time, leases that are at $1,000 per month rent was worth $180,000 to Wall Street.  The day of the acquisition announcement, that valuation immediately turned to zero, as Wall Street no longer wants to purchase a lease that is about to be terminated.

Technological changes also add to the lease risks, particularly when the licensing costs to spectrums climb to billions of dollars per market (city).  While we never advocate the message that cell sites will all go away, we want all landlords to be aware of the risks, and make financial decisions accordingly.

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Sprint Earnings Announcement May 3, 2016 https://cellwaves.net/sprint-earnings-announcement-may-3-2016/ Thu, 13 Apr 2017 18:56:04 +0000 http://democellwaves.jzooba.com/?p=1447 Sprint Corp.’s aggressive discounting helped the company add new phone customers in the March quarter, but the carrier posted less revenue and lost more money than a year ago. Sprint has been selling its service.....

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Sprint Corp.’s aggressive discounting helped the company add new phone customers in the March quarter, but the carrier posted less revenue and lost more money than a year ago.

Sprint has been selling its service at half the price of rivals and its gains came in a quarter where both Verizon Communications Inc. and AT&T Inc. lost customers. But Sprint still trailed T-Mobile US Inc., which added 877,000 phone customers during the same period.

“If you offer a fifty percent discount to the competition, there’s something wrong if you DON’T add subscribers,” Craig Moffett of Moffett Nathanson wrote in a research note. But even with those discounts, customer additions were weaker than expected, Mr. Moffett said. “So what now? Real growth seems unattainable.”

Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure said Tuesday the results were good considering how poorly the company was performing just a few years ago. In the first three months of 2015, for example, Sprint lost 201,000 postpaid phone customers. “The gap was so large when we started this journey,” he said.

Mr. Claure said Sprint was preparing to open as many as 2,500 stores in the next two years to help add customers. The company ended March with 58.8 million total customers, including prepaid and wholesale connections.

Part of the challenge facing Sprint is a continued perception its network is weaker than rivals, even though the carrier has made improvements. Greg Crawford, a 52-year-old in New York, recently switched himself and three family members to AT&T from Verizon to save money. “I never actually considered Sprint,” he said. “I didn’t think their network would be strong enough.”

Japanese technology conglomerate SoftBank Group Corp. bought control of the American wireless carrier in 2013 for about $22 billion with plans to shake up the business and steal customers, but the turnaround has faced obstacles.

As losses have mounted, the company recently struck a series of deals with SoftBank’s backing to sell and lease- back phones and network assets to essentially provide Sprint with cash at lower interest rates than what the carrier could get in the high-yield debt market.

The company has also been looking to cut as much as $2.5 billion in costs. On Tuesday, Sprint said it cut $1.3 billion during the 12 months ending March 31 in service and selling, general and administrative expenses.

Sprint said it was aiming to spend $3 billion on network construction efforts this year, about $2 billion less than most analysts expected. The company said spending will slow as the company waits for local zoning approvals before putting up new cellular sites.

For the period ended March 31, Sprint reported a loss of $554 million, or 14 cents a share, wider than a loss of $ 224 million, or 6 cents a share, a year earlier. Revenue slipped 2.5% to $8.07 billion.

Sprint’s postpaid churn rate for the latest quarter, a measure of service cancellations, fell to 1.72% for mainstream customers from 1.84% in the year-earlier quarter.For 2016, Sprint said it expects adjusted fiscal year earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization to be $9.5 billion to $10 billion, compared with $8.1 billion in fiscal year 2015.

Write to Anne Steele at Anne.Steele@wsj.com

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