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There are few things more frustrating in today’s world than a dropped call or being held captive to the never ending spinning circle as your device searches for a cell tower signal.

We’ve grown accustomed to our ability to access the internet from just about anywhere at any time. Yet, few of us have considered what it takes to get that reception.

How many cell towers are really needed to get a great signal? A whole lot of them would be the short answer. Particularly as we move closer and closer to the implementation of 5G.

Interference

While traditional towers might boast a cell service distance of up to 40 miles, most will never reach this kind of distance. That’s because too many factors are involved. Multiple sources of interference surround these towers. In nature, the land itself may be problematic; hills and trees getting in the way of a strong, clear signal. In urban areas, buildings, tunnels and walls can disrupt service.

This will become even more of an issue with the new small cells needed to support 5G. The radiofrequency waves of 5G cannot travel through objects and cannot travel as far as the previous iterations of cell service. To address this, telecom companies are installing smaller towers every few hundred yards in communities, cities and rural areas to provide uninterrupted 5G service.

Considerations

For many cities and municipalities, hundreds of new sites for these small cells are being identified and proposed.

This has lead to meetings and discussions centering around the health and safety risks of additional towers flooding our surroundings. Additionally, some towers are being proposed in areas with strict aesthetic codes and people are opposed to the disruption of visible skylines or landscapes.

As their name suggests, small cells will come in smaller sizes, which will help minimize the potential obstruction of our views of the skyline or backyards. And if we continue to rely on cell service, we will have to compromise in order to have strong signals that support the technology of 5G.

Cell Tower Rent

Whether you are a municipality considering a cell lease offer for 250 towers — or you’re a property owner considering allowing a tower on your land — be sure to understand the full value of your site before you sign a contract. As telecom companies begin searching for locations for these towers, you need to be aware of how valuable your property is to them.

Don’t be fooled by initial offers or high pressure sales tactics – the average cell tower lease is undervalued by nearly $1,000,000 over the life of the lease.

Our clients consistently receive over 300% more rent after working with us. We know the industry. We have worked for the big telecom companies like AT&T, Verizon, & T-Mobile. Now, put our experience to work for you.

Contact us today to learn how we can help you get the results you deserve.