AT&T Tower Agreement with Verizon, Tillman to Benefit FirstNet Buildout
Monday, November 13, 2017 | Comments

AT&T, Verizon and Tillman Infrastructure entered into a joint agreement to build hundreds of cell towers, and AT&T executives said the new builds will contribute to its 25-year agreement with the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet).

“Over the course of our 25-year public-private partnership with FirstNet, we plan to build new sites and update existing ones with our first responder network in mind,” said an AT&T spokesman. “The agreement with Tillman will make these upgrades even more efficient.”

Tillman, owner and operator of towers, small cells and smart cities infrastructure, agreed to construct the towers to-suit with AT&T and Verizon, which have committed to leasing and coanchoring the collocated towers. The companies said there is the potential for significantly more new site locations in the future.

These new structures will add to the overall communications infrastructure in the United States and will fulfill the need for new locations where towers do not exist, a press statement said. They also will serve as opportunities for the carriers to relocate equipment from current towers.

The AT&T spokesman said the company isn’t disclosing specific locations, but is considering sites across the entire country.

“We need more alternatives to the traditional tower leasing model with the large incumbents,” said Susan Johnson, AT&T senior vice president of global supply chain. “It’s not cost effective or sustainable. We’re creating a diverse community of suppliers and tower companies who will help increase market competition while reducing our overhead. We look forward to working with Verizon as we establish site locations and sign new lease agreements with additional suppliers in the coming years.”

Construction plans on the first towers will begin in the first quarter of 2018, and as those sites are completed, network engineers will begin installing equipment and turning the sites up.

“With the plan we put forward, FirstNet will happen across all of AT&T’s Long Term Evolution (LTE) bands, giving public safety access to the coverage and capacity they need when and where they need it,” the AT&T spokesman said. “So, as we build new sites and extend the coverage of our LTE network, it will positively benefit subscribers on the FirstNet network.”

Last week, AT&T Chief Financial Officer (CFO) John Stephens said at the Wells Fargo Media & Telecoms Conference that the company will light up other spectrum such as Advanced Wireless Service (AWS)-3 and Wireless Communications Service (WCS) as it builds out the FirstNet network.

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On 11/15/17, Larry shaefer said:
Wonder how you present your tower asset package to AT&T for evaluation for FirstNet?

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