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Telecom infrastructure market heats up

The residential real estate market is hot across the United States -- and it turns out, so is the market for telecom infrastructure, especially towers, according to a panel of industry observers during WIA's virtual Connect(X) Capital and Finance Summit 2021. The telecom market was...

Well, technically… 2021 may not be the best year for telecom: Vertical Bridge’s Blair Crawford (Ep. 31)

Blair Crawford, vice president of National Accounts & Marketing at Vertical Bridge, discusses the company's recent deal with Dish and shares her perspective on what's in store for 2021 as we wait to see the impact from the highly popular C Band auction.

Vertical Bridge acquires Eco-Site

Network infrastructure company Vertical Bridge has acquired tower company Eco-Site, in a move that expands Vertical Bridge's site portfolio to nearly 290,000 sites across the 50 U.S. states plus Puerto Rico and includes more than 20,000 owned towers. Financial terms of the deal were...

Vertical Bridge’s Generosity Fuels Innovation With Alex Gellman

For a tower company to be meaningful and to be at scale, it has to stay private and be permanent. Most of all, it has to partner with the customers, not squeeze them. One such tower company is Vertical Bridge, the largest private owner...

FCC’s ‘big news’ around tower co-location provides network predictability, cost savings

WIA CEO: 'towers are as just important for 5G as anything else' While moderating a panel at this year’s Connect(X) virtual conference event, WIA President and CEO Jonathan Adelstein remarked that in a world consumed with 5G, it’s important to remember that towers are just...

Focusing in on wireless in 2020 with 20/20 vision (Reader Forum)

Most would agree that while the wireless sector started 2019 off strong, it did not maintain its momentum for the whole year. Although 2019 wasn’t necessarily bad, it certainly wasn’t the sector’s best year in recent memory. Despite eye-catching headlines, much of this year’s...

Vertical Bridge CEO talks trends and staying private at scale

Company received recent 30% stake investment Infrastructure company Vertical Bridge has brought on a new major investor, with an influx of capital that it plans to use to expand its tower and site portfolio. Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ), a Canadian public...

NATE Unite 2018: Focus on rural broadband, new build-outs keep tower industry busy

NASHVILLE, Tenn.--A combination of government spending on rural broadband deployment and new network build-outs are keeping the tower industry busy, and that momentum is only expected to build as dense 5G network begin to emerge. At the National Association of Tower Erectors show this week,...

Zinwave Webinar: The Enterprise’s Guide to In-building Wireless: Key Components & Cost Considerations

Nearly 25 years after the introduction of mobile phones, it is still disconcertingly familiar to see people leaning against a window, holding phones in the air or rushing around as they search for the elusive indoor cellular signal. The crowds around the windows are...

How will AT&T’s FirstNet win impact the tower industry?

AT&T is known as a cyclical spender when it comes to wireless network infrastructure, and the carrier's $6.5 billion FirstNet award is expected to swing the spending pendulum in a positive direction. AT&T will need to add equipment to its towers to support the...

Digital Bridge buys data center company

Digital Bridge, the communications infrastructure company founded by tower investor Marc Ganzi, has bought a Texas company that owns and operates data centers. DataBank, formerly owned by a private equity firm, owns six data centers in Dallas, Minneapolis and Kansas City. The companies did not...

View from the top: tower company execs share insight

Executives share outlook for carrier spending, fiber and small cells DALLAS – Top executives from American Tower, Crown Castle, SBA Communications, Vertical Bridge and InSite Wireless shared industry insights this week with WIA President Jonathan Adelstein and an attentive audience at the Wireless Infrastructure Show. Carrier...

PCIA preview: 5 industry trends to watch

Emerging technologies, the capital markets, workforce issues, public safety, changing business relationships and merger activity will all be on the agenda next week at PCIA’s Wireless Infrastructure Show. Ahead of the wireless infrastructure industry’s annual spring show, RCR Wireless News takes a brief look...

Cell Tower News: Federal case consolidation; Vertical Bridge buys towers

Tragic federal case consolidation A 2014, fatal cell tower collapse in West Virginia saw action this week in the form of case consolidation. In February 2014, a tower in Clarksburg collapsed, killing two tower climbers and injuring others. The collapse caused stress on guy wires...

Vertical Bridge adds sites, Ascom partners with Ranplan … 5 things to know today

5 things to know today ... 1. The small cell opportunity for commercial property owners continues to grow. Vertical Bridge has made a deal to manage wireless sites at 250 real estate investment trust-owned health care facilities. Welltower is a REIT that funds real...

Tower ownership: Predictions, possibilities and pitfalls

Tower ownership can be a risky endeavor, but it can also deliver hefty profits for those who know how to properly allocate their resources and build strong relationships with carriers. On this weeks Cell Tower News show, Alex Gellman, co-founder and CEO of Vertical Bridge,...

ExteNet sale shows investor confidence in DAS, small cells

Investor Marc Ganzi has completed his company's purchase of ExteNet Systems, raising more than $1.4 billion in debt and equity. That amount represents the price paid for ExteNet as well as "dry powder" to invest in ExteNet's business and in future acquisitions. "We plan to...

Can Verizon and AT&T deploy 100,000 new small cells?

LOS ANGELES – All four nationwide carriers are set to invest in small cells and distributed antenna systems next year, with the two largest carriers leading the way. That forecast comes from Marc Ganzi, the wireless investor who founded Global Tower Partners and sold...

LTE-U small cells, Android Pay … 5 things to know today

5 things to know today 1. Samsung and Verizon Wireless plan to test LTE-enabled femto cells in unlicensed spectrum. Verizon Wireless has been a leader in the movement to extend LTE to the unlicensed spectrum used for Wi-Fi. The companies expect the LTE-U enabled small...

Hetnet update: Portfolio diversity can be key to success

As mobile operators try to meet the demand for data in the most crowded environments, equipment vendors are eager to supply them with small cells, distributed antenna systems and Wi-Fi offload solutions. But carriers are learning to look at the specific problems they want...

3 ways the cell tower industry is changing

Last year, active tower sites in the U.S. declined for the first time ever, according to analysts at SNL Kagan, but the setback is expected to be temporary. The tower business is healthy, but it is also going through some big changes. Three of...

ExteNet Systems acquired by Digital Bridge

ExteNet Systems, a builder and operator of DAS and small cell systems, is set to become part of Digital Bridge Holdings, the investment group that owns Vertical Bridge and Mexico Tower Partners. Along with Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners, Digital Bridge is set to buy out...

Cell Tower News: Climbers share tower stories

A look inside the life of a tower climber RCR Wireless News reporter Joey Jackson attended South Wireless Summit last week and had the opportunity to talk to some tower climbers. They provided insight into the life of a tower climber, which we featured in...

CiG Wireless agrees to sell its tower portfolio to Vertical Bridge

Vertical Bridge gains over 200 tower sites Independent wireless infrastructure company CiG Wireless announced it has entered into an agreement to be acquired by an affiliate company of Vertical Bridge Holdings. CiG Wireless' tower portfolio, which includes more than 200 geographically widespread tower sites, will be...

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