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DigitalBridge buys Belgian towers, invests in Celona

DigitalBridge has agreed to acquire Belgian mobile infrastructure from Telenet, paying about $820 million in cash. DigitalBridge will acquire 100% of Telenet's passive infrastructure and towers, which includes the company's footprint of 3,322 sites across Belgium. The deal also includes a long-term master lease...

T-Mobile, American Tower sign long-term infrastructure deal

  T-Mobile US and American Tower have signed a new long-term agreement which will enhance T-Mobile’s access to American Tower’s U.S. sites, both companies said in a release. The deal is expected to deliver up to $17 billion in incremental revenue for American Tower. The infrastructure deal...

3 Denmark spins off network infrastructure business

The new 3 Denmark company,HI3G, will take control the operator's 1,275 masts Following in the footsteps of some other European mobile operators like Vodafone and Deutsche Telekom, CK Hutchison’s 3 Denmark is splitting its infrastructure assets into a separate company, with plans to sell access...

Samsung demos drone solution for 4G, 5G network optimization

The drone solution will simplify cell site management, says Samsung Samsung Electronics demonstrated its new drone-based antenna configuration measurement solution for 4G and 5G networks. Performed on the company’s campus, the demonstration involved the use of a smartphone with a remote control application that connected...

5G, COVID conspiracy theory claims 77 UK phone masts

Mobile UK commented that the daily rate of 5G COVID conspiracy theory attacks appears to be slowing down Arson attacks on cell site and verbal abuse of tower workers resulting from a conspiracy theory that claims that 5G internet is behind the coronavirus outbreak is...

China Tower, Xunlei collaborate on edge computing

Edge computing is expected to transform the telecom industry Xunlei, the Chinese shared cloud computing and blockchain technology company, will be working with China Tower to jointly develop an edge computing project in Shaanxi province to deploy computing nodes at 10,000 cellular tower stations. In addition...

#TBT: Dude, where’s my tower?; Nokia claims top spot in phone manufacturing; Towers boom, mergers bust … this week in 1998

Editor’s Note: RCR Wireless News goes all in for “Throwback Thursdays,” tapping into our archives to resuscitate the top headlines from the past. Fire up the time machine, put on the sepia-tinted shades, set the date for #TBT and enjoy the memories! Nokia crowns itself...

Crown Castle CEO sees growing opportunities with 5G in the US

  Crown Castle expects 5G technology to represent a growth opportunity for the company next year, the company’s CEO Jay Brown said during a conference call with investors. “We expect the elevated level of tower leasing to continue into next year. As 5G becomes a reality...

Opposition to 5G small cell deployment spreads across US

Opponents consider 5G small cell installations to be at best an eye sore and at worst a serious health risk 5G, the fifth generation of wireless technology, will give consumers access to more information faster and make businesses more efficient, and will create an unprecedented level...

American Tower sees long-term opportunities with T-Mo-Sprint merger

American Tower expects to see long-term benefits from the merger between T-Mobile U.S. and Sprint, the company’s CEO James Taiclet said during a conference call with investors. “American Tower continue to expect that these developments will likely result in net positive impacts on our U.S....

Crown, now SBA, leveraging real estate for edge computing

Edge computing infrastructure needs assets tower companies already have If moves from two major tower companies are any indication, existing tower sites, given built-in access to power and backhaul, are well-positioned to support edge computing infrastructure. A move of compute resources closer to end users...

Tower compaies American, Crown, SBAC report site revenue increases in Q2

Operator network investments translate to increased tower and site revenues As operators in the U.S. and around the world continue to invest in network infrastructure and densification, major tower companies American Tower, Crown Castle and SBAC this month all reported year-over-year increases in tower and...

Tips for inspecting towers by drone

Drone flight companies give tips for inspecting towers by drone. Telecommunications towers are inspected many times during the lifespan of a tower. Each time a tower is touched for modifications, it has to be inspected. “If there is a modification to tower, say a new antenna...

American Tower completes acquisition of nearly 9,000 telecom towers in India

  American Tower currently operates around 68,000 towers in the Indian market American Tower (ATC) has expanded its footprint in India through the completion of the acquisition of Indian carrier Idea’s tower business. The local subsidiary of ATC has acquired a portfolio of around 9,000 towers in...

How can tower companies facilitate edge computing deployments?

American Tower and Crown Castle both exploring colocation of edge computing appliances at cell tower sites Latency-dependent services command not just network densification, but also distribution of data center-type compute and storage functionality to the network edge. In the telecom industry, edge computing is certainly...

American Tower sees positive impacts in T-Mobile US, Sprint merger: CEO

  CEO Jaimes Taiclet says previous carrier mergers in the U.S. had a net positive business impact for American Tower American Tower Corporation expects the proposed merger between T-Mobile US and Sprint to have a neutral to positive impact in the company’s business, American Tower’s Chairman...

American Tower beats estimates; revenue, income, EBITDA all up in Q1

American Tower, which has more than 147,000 communications sites--including towers, distributed antenna systems, rooftops, colocation facilities and other infrastructure sites--in 15 countries on five continents, reported strong first quarter financial results this week, beating estimates and showing growth on key metrics. Earnings highlights include a...

The role of drones in telecommunications tower inspection

The communication industry is already benefiting from the use of drones. Tower climbing is seen as one of the most dangerous jobs and telecommunication operators can avoid risks through the use of drones for telecommunications tower inspection. Commercial drones are changing the way operators...

Reliance Communications sells tower business to Brookfield Infrastructure

Reliance to receive $1.6 billion for the tower transaction. Indian telecommunications firm Reliance Communications signed binding agreements with Brookfield Infrastructure to sell nationwide tower assets to affiliates of Brookfield Infrastructure Partners and its institutional partners, the telco said in a statement. The deal calls...

Indus Tower building 500 new cell towers within next year

The firm operates 121,000 cell towers and other sites across India. India-based tower owner Indus Towers plans to invest nearly $15 million to deploy 500 new telecoms sites, including new cell towers, across India within the next 12 months, Indian press reported. Of the...

Verizon using drones to inspect cell sites in aftermath of Hurricane Matthew

Verizon Wireless is using drones to help with cell site inspections from the air in North Carolina and South Carolina to survey areas impacted by severe flooding from Hurricane Matthew, the telecom company wrote in a blog post. The quadcopter used for the inspections is an...

Reliance Communications to sell 51% of cell tower business

Cell tower deal valued at $1.65B Indian telecommunications firm Reliance Communications on Friday signed a nonbinding deal with asset manager Brookfield to sell a 51% stake in its cell tower business for 110 billion rupees ($1.65 billion). Under the terms of the agreement, the stake in Reliance...

Telefónica abandons plans to launch infrastructure IPO

Telefónica planned to raise up to $1.68 billion with the IPO Spanish telecommunications giant Telefónica has abandoned plans to launch an initial public offering of its infrastructure unit Telxius. "Telefónica and the joint global coordinators have decided to abandon the offering, considering inadequate the valuation of the...

Cellnex completes acquisition of 230 cell towers in France

The Spanish firm and French telco Bouygues are evaluating the acquisition of additional cell towers Spanish telecommunication tower operator Cellnex Telecom confirmed it has completed the acquisition of a package of 230 cell towers from French telco Bouygues Telecom in France. This initial phase required...

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