Neil Notkin is Unison’s Managing Director
If you have seen the headlines about Sprint’s plans to remove a third of its existing 66,000 cell tower sites, you might wonder: Is it time to panic?
Not so fast, says Unison CEO Dewey Shay: “Sprint can’t possibly decommission 20,000 Nextel antennae overnight.”
Most analysts agree with Dewey. UBS says, “We believe this is an aggressive target and don’t expect much near-term impact for the tower operators due to their long-term contracts.”
While lower near-term impact is a relief, the delay does not change the inevitable. Dewey adds, “No one questions that the old Nextel network is going away. This is the biggest prospective decommissioning effort since the AT&T and Cingular merger.”
We recommend you use this time to make an accurate assessment of your particular situation. The key things to consider are:
- Who are your tenants? Do you have many or one?
- What technologies are installed?
- How many competitive sites surround yours? Who are their tenants?
- Should your site be on the cut list, what potential replacement tenants are there?
- If you need help answering some of these questions, Unison can help. Instead of wondering and worrying, you can make informed and proactive decisions.
- Read the article http://www.fiercewireless.com/story/sprint-picks-alca-lu-ericsson-and-samsung-network-project/2010-12-06