AT&T Signs Third Tower Deal to Contribute to FirstNet Buildout
Tuesday, April 24, 2018 | Comments

AT&T and CitySwitch signed an agreement for building new cell towers to suit based on future wireless network needs. CitySwitch will begin tower construction plans as early as the second half of 2018 and will lease completed sites to AT&T.

An AT&T spokesman said the tower deal aligns with AT&T’s First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) buildout.

These new structures will add to the overall communications infrastructure in the U.S. and fulfill the need for new locations where towers don’t exist. The agreement also gives AT&T the opportunity to relocate equipment from existing infrastructure with other landlords.

“Working with CitySwitch means more alternatives to the traditional tower leasing model still followed by many,” said Susan Johnson, executive vice president – global connections and supply chain, AT&T. “The traditional model isn’t cost effective or sustainable. This deal is another step in continuing to diversify our suppliers based on site needs, increasing competition in the provision of tower space and exploring new avenues to cut costs.”

“With AT&T’s nationwide FirstNet build project underway and 5G on the horizon, it’s important AT&T addresses its network real estate needs in new and thoughtful ways,” said Rob Raville, president and CEO at CitySwitch. “We are pleased to play an important role in this now and for many years to come.”

CitySwitch is an Atlanta based, privately owned wireless infrastructure owner and developer. A pioneer in railroad asset development, CitySwitch specializes in scalable network development services including tower and small cell development.

Last year, AT&T, Verizon and Tillman Infrastructure entered into a joint agreement to build hundreds of cell towers. AT&T and Crown Castle signed a new agreement simplifying and expanding their long-term leasing deal for wireless network infrastructure earlier this month. CitySwitch is similar to AT&T’s deal with Tillman as both tower companies are new players for AT&T.

The agreement aligns with AT&T’s commitment to provide customers with better speed, reliability and overall performance. The company’s macro site build work is also part of its overall plan to deploy mobile 5G and keep up with increasing mobile data usage demand. Mobile data traffic on AT&T’s national wireless network increased more than 360,000 percent from 2007 to 2017.

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