NATE: The Communications Infrastructure Contractors Association, joined WIA, CCA and other telecom-related associations in stressing to Congress the need to fully fund “Rip & Replace.”
They explained that the program to support the carriers that remove and replace network equipment and services linked to the Chinese Communist Party is “significantly underfunded.” That’s a reference to the $3.08 billion shortfall. Continue Reading
The size and scale of China Tower’s business is staggering. By year-end 2022, China Tower operated close to 2.1 million towers. That’s a net increase of 17,000 sites from the end of 2021. Compare that to American Tower which is the largest independent tower company in the world with 223,055 towers at year-end 2022, and almost 7,000 new tower builds for the year.
China Tower primarily serves the country’s state-owned telecommunications service providers (TSP) – China Mobile, China Telecom, China Unicom, and China Broadnet. The four TSPs accounted for a total of nearly 3.4 million tower tenants, a 102,000 year-over-year increase. The TSP tenancy ratio increased from 1.60 to 1.65 over the same period last year, showing a continuous increase in the level of site colocation. Continue Reading
The FCC has revised its application fees to adjust for increases in the Consumer Price Index. The changes impact wireless and wireline operators and commercial AM, FM and television stations. The 11.6 percent price increase is effective today, March 2.
Some of the new wireless telecom services fees for site-based applications are $150 for a special temporary authority (STA), $105 for a new license or major modification and $50 for extension requests. Continue Reading
The House passed a bill to extend the FCC’s auction authority. Currently, it expires March 9. H.R. 1108 would lengthen the agency’s ability to conduct spectrum auctions through May 19. The legislation now moves to the Senate.
House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and Ranking Member Frank Pallone (D-NJ) introduced the measure. Rodgers cited the need for legislative action on spectrum issues, Inside Towers reported. “American leadership matters, and we see a growing threat from China. China is making it very clear that they want to lead from an economic and technological standpoint, as well as a military power.” Continue Reading
Deutsche Telekom is celebrating its first Open RAN deployment in Germany, partnering with Nokia, Fujitsu and Mavenir among others. Customers in the Neubrandenburg area will receive 2G, 4G and 5G services from the deployment in the ‘brownfield’ network environment of Telekom Deutschland.
“Open RAN has matured over the last months in both stability and performance, which has given us the confidence for an initial commercial deployment. Together with Nokia, Mavenir and other ecosystem partners, we will use our collaboration as the springboard to accelerate Open RAN development and create a path to deployment at scale,” says Abdu Mudesir, Deutsche Telekom Group CTO & CTO Germany. Continue Reading
Inside Towers has reported on numerous satellite and mobile service carriers teaming up to provide satellite-delivered cell phone service to consumers. Now, the FCC wants to make it easier for such companies to accomplish this.
The Commission plans to vote next month on proposed rules to encourage more cooperation between satellite operators and carriers to ensure wireless service is available in remote, unserved or underserved areas. Commission authorization would let satellite operators use flexible-use spectrum allocated to terrestrial services. Continue Reading
American Tower (NYSE: AMT) reported solid results for full-year 2022, to set the stage for continued growth for the next several years. Property revenues grew nearly 15 percent to $10.5 billion including organic tenant billings growth of 7 percent. AMT’s leasing demand is being driven by growth across its tower and data center portfolios. This growth is partially offset by a reserve taken against slow payments from Indian mobile network operator, Vodafone Idea, which is working through a difficult financial situation. Adjusted EBITDA was up 11 percent to $6.6 billion and AFFO came in at $4.5 billion, up almost 6 percent year-to-year.
AMT’s global tower count grew 2 percent YoY to 223,055 at year-end 2022. India is the company’s largest market accounting for 35 percent of the total. Africa and Latin America make up another one-third. Its home U.S. & Canada market accounts for 19 percent of the total sites but drives 48 percent of total property revenues. Continue Reading