Question about new cell tower

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by cmckenica, Oct 21, 2012.

  1. cmckenica macrumors newbie

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    Well consider me lucky, but Verizon leased some land about 1,500 ft away from my house to put up a new cell tower. Here's the catch:
    I'm not on Verizon. I'm on AT&T.
    So, I'm still researching about cell towers, but I was wondering if anyone else has experienced this. When a cell company (Verizon) leases land for a new tower, can other carriers be added on to that tower? It would be nice to see AT&T and Verizon both have better coverage here (Because quite frankly, they both suck at the moment).
    Thanks,
    Connor

    Phone: iPhone 4S (AT&T)
     
  2. tymaster50 macrumors 68030

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    no they have separate towers and their spectrums/technologies are different. AT&T might not do anything with your area since Verizon beat them to it
     
  3. Intell macrumors P6

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    The carrier that owns the tower can lease physical space on said tower to other carriers to install their own antennas, cabling, and base station equipment. The owner can also lease internet access to the tower or the carrier leasing the tower can provide their own internet connection.

    Carrier's rarely do this as the cost to lease tower space for a few years is about the cost it is to build a tower of their own.
     
  4. scaredpoet macrumors 604

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    False. Leasing space on towers to other carriers happens all the time. Host carriers see it as a way of making income even from competitors, and tenant carriers get the obvious benefit of having ready made structures that they just attach their radios and install cabling and cabinets upon.

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    Also false. There are lots of areas where NIMBY types will actively challenge the construction of new towers, delaying and sometimes even blocking their construction and incurring massive legal fees. For this reason, whenever a carrier or tower company succeeds in getting past the NIMBYs, it's common for other carriers to co-lease on that same tower rather than build their own separate one.
     
  5. Intell macrumors P6

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    Not completely false, just uncommon. The cost of co-leasing or leasing out a tower can often exceed the cost of building a tower. Some carriers would rather not lease the tower and wait for the proper approval in order to better secure their further investments or just not have service in that area. Regional carriers most commonly fall into this category and instead rely on their roaming agreements.
     
  6. cmckenica thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the input guys. If anything happens within the next few weeks or so I'll keep you posted. Quick note: It passed our town board Aug. 20 so hopefully they'll start building it sooner than later.
     

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