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Financial

Lease Optimization – that old familiar story

Increasingly, wireless telecommunications landlords are being approached by firms representing their wireless carrier tenants for the purpose of securing a reduction in the rent and/or rent escalator the carrier pays to the landlord. Sometimes the demand is for a ‘rent vacation’ for up to several years.

Generally, the process described above is called, “Lease . . . → Read More: Lease Optimization – that old familiar story

Financial

Sprint Moves to Meter Data Services

It looks like Sprint is moving to charging for data by the MB.

The first step Sprint has taken is to kill its unlimited mobile hotspot and tethering plans. Now, unlimited for Sprint’s formerly unlimited users, this means up to 5GB per month. Then Sprint ‘drops the flag’ and start the meter running at 5 . . . → Read More: Sprint Moves to Meter Data Services

FCC

LightSquared files for Bankrupcy (Chapter 11)

To the surprise of very few, LightSquared has filed for Bankruptcy protection under Chapter 11.

Given that the firm has virtually no path forward to use its frequencies to provide 4G-type services in light (no pun intended) of the apparently unresolvable GPS interference issues, Chapter 11 gives LightSquared a way to step back and . . . → Read More: LightSquared files for Bankrupcy (Chapter 11)

AT&T Wireless

Might Apple buy Sprint?

Okay, it sounds wild, but let’s look at this for a bit…

Sprint has committed $15B to Apple in connection with securing rights to market the iPhone to Sprint’s subscribers (let’s not talk about the newest Apple product, the iHeatingPad). That’s a lot of cash, and I’ll bet that Apple’s contract leave virtually no room . . . → Read More: Might Apple buy Sprint?

6409

KTLF to Conduct Sec. 6409 Teleconference on 4/5/12

Sec. 6409: A Landmark Change in Wireless Tower Siting KTLF to Conduct Special Webinar on April 5th for California Local Governments (California MCLE Application Filed For 1 Hour Credit)

On February 17, 2012, Congress passed the “Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012″ (the “Act”) and sent it on to President . . . → Read More: KTLF to Conduct Sec. 6409 Teleconference on 4/5/12

Financial

PCIA says Sec. 6409 worth “hundreds of millions of dollars”

Let me start by saying that I personally like and respect Mike Fitch, who is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the PCIA – The Wireless Infrastructure Association. I’ve had the pleasure of sitting next to him several times on panels at wireless and government conferences. Mike is a smart guy, well spoken, and . . . → Read More: PCIA says Sec. 6409 worth “hundreds of millions of dollars”

American Tower

TriStar Investors (a.k.a. “David”) v. American Tower (a.k.a. “Goliath”)

The Northern District of Texas is the home of a significant wireless law suit just filed, and one which will be of keen interest nationwide to both industry members, and to wireless site landlords. Heck, this case will fascinate the likes of Unison, Wireless Capital Partners, Communications Capital Group, Landmark, and the others who (like . . . → Read More: TriStar Investors (a.k.a. “David”) v. American Tower (a.k.a. “Goliath”)

Clearwire

As LightSquared Fades, What of Sprint?

As you likely know, the NTIA’s Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information, Lawrence E. Strickling gave LightSquared a big, fat, wet Valentine’s day kiss when he wrote to FCC Chairman Genachowski saying, “…we conclude that LightSquared’s proposed mobile broadband network will impact GPS services and that there is no practical way to mitigate the potential . . . → Read More: As LightSquared Fades, What of Sprint?

AT&T Wireless

Buddy, can you spare $9B?

Please feed the T-Mobile Kitty. (Photo illustration by Jonathan Kramer)

So T-Mobile, recently left at the alter by AT&T, is now looking for $9B to build out a LTE network that can compete with AT&T.

T-Mobile has a great start towards its goal when you consider that AT&T gave it $4B as a parting . . . → Read More: Buddy, can you spare $9B?

Financial

NextG Networks sold to CrownCastle

This sale marks CrownCastle’s undisputed dominance of the Distributed Antenna System (DAS) market…for now. My prediction, however, is that we are seeing the peak of the DAS market, and that cable TV operators will become the new DAS leaders as they deploy wireless carrier services connected to their existing cable plant backhaul networks. More on . . . → Read More: NextG Networks sold to CrownCastle

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