New 5G technology is coming to the US with alarming speed! Much like the jump from 2G to 3G, 5G will be a revolutionary step for today’s society. The network coverage will be much larger than what has been previously offered to consumers across the globe including remote parts of the world. Along with increased coverage, loading speeds will be 100 times faster (www.cnet.com). So fast that you can download HD movies in mere seconds! As smart phones and tablets become more prominent, wireless networks will be able to use this advanced 5G technology to accommodate an expected increase of over 1,000 times more data usage, and more than double the amount of broadband subscriptions over the next 5 years (www.lightreading.com).
As a cell tower or rooftop antenna lease owner, otherwise referred to as the landlord, it is important to understand the structure of and terminology within your lease. While we can’t cover all lease terminology, we can help demystify the legal language of the most common terms within your lease, license, rooftop, or other surface use agreement. Having reviewed thousands of these agreements, we have found the following terms to be used in the majority of cell site leases: Option, Easement, Use, Term, Termination, Rent, Taxes, Utilities, Indemnification and Insurance, Default, Assignment and Subletting, Right of First Refusal, and Amendment.
Leases will generally define a period of time that allows the tenant to do their due diligence. Typically this appears early in the lease and is called the “option” or “option period”. It describes the area to be considered and should also state a certain period of time—usually 1 year—for their due diligence and the consideration to be paid in order to make the agreement binding. At this point the landlord is locked in and gives full rights of use to the tenant, should they choose to take it. The option section will also provide some information as to what the due diligence will entail.
Along with the defined area to be leased, the carrier or tower company will also need access to the site and available area to run fiber, utilities, or other underground cables or equipment to operate the site. Additionally, the type of easement to be granted (access, utility, etc.) and the location of said easement will be identified here.
Millions of people travel far distances every year to visit loved ones and enjoy a hot meal together on Thanksgiving Day. As the holiday approached people start to look forward to feasting with family and friends, relaxing with a warm pumpkin spice lattes, and shopping black Friday and cyber Monday deals until they drop. However, before jumping into the festivities of the season let’s remember that Thanksgiving is a time to truly reflect on the things which we are most thankful for. Take the time to be grateful for the good things in life.
We at APWireless have a lot to be grateful for, so we want take advantage of this special date to thank all of those who have helped make our business a success. First, we give a heartfelt thank you to all the individuals that make up the APWireless team. They work day in and day out to establish businesses relationships across borders and have a real desire to help others in the work that they do. We are honored to have such an amazing team of professionals working together, without their collaboration we would not be able to provide our landlord partners with the services we do today.
Wireless carriers realize that building more traditional macro cell towers is not always a viable solution due to the large amount of space these installations require, along with the high price of building and maintaining them. The answer just might be in small cell technology. With a small footprint, this new alternative for higher capacity data can provide a range of 3 feet within urban areas, and up to 1.3 miles for more rural locations. Although small cells have not yet gone mainstream, they are on the rise as the best solution to deal with traffic in high-density areas in a reliable, inexpensive, and easy-to-install way.
Money today is literally worth more than it will be in the future in terms of what it will buy you. In 1985, before you drove to the grocery store to buy a gallon of milk for $2.25, you would complain about spending $1.20 per gallon to fill up the tank of the car you had just purchased for $8,300. Today, milk costs an average of $3.67, you are more than happy to spend $2.50 per gallon at the pump, and buying a new car will put a $32,500 dent in your bank account. You can largely thank inflation for this.
But inflation isn’t entirely to blame for rising costs nor does it explain why in 1985 the average home in San Francisco sold for $140,000, whereas today the median home price in the city has now risen to $1.36 million!! There are countless reasons why costs skyrocket with time, including popularity, world events, diminishing resources, natural phenomena, technology, etc.
With ever-increasing speeds, accessing the web from your mobile device has become even more convenient and sometimes faster than using your home computer. This is the type of technology that brings “mobile” lifestyle to the next level, giving us the ability to do anything from anywhere.
For years smartphone ownership has been on the rise, with 80% of adults owning at least one smartphone and spending about 11 hours a day with electronic media. Without network expansion, this increase in data demand can negatively affect the performance of your smartphone by reducing speeds. We can probably all agree, it is extremely frustrating trying to visit a page or watch a video and the data just isn’t working. We want our internet to be faster; we need our internet to be faster. Our everyday lives changed after the introduction of 3G technology and mobile data usage, and with the spread of 4G LTE, life will just get better. So what makes 4G LTE so great?
September is “Hunger Action” month at The Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank, and this year APWireless is taking part, helping those less fortunate by supporting the campaign.
As the largest hunger-relief organization in the county, the San Diego Food Bank’s goal is to distribute enough food to feed an average of 370,000 people a month and to reach that goal they need the help of the community. As such, the San Diego APWireless office has been collecting canned foods and other non-perishables as a way of helping others.
Although it is celebrated on different days all around the world, we all come together with the same intent, to honor the social and economic achievements of hardworking men and women over the decades. This celebration goes above and beyond the recognition of the individual worker and takes pride in the accomplishments of those individuals who have fought together through activism and labor movements. Pushing for fair wages, improved working conditions, shorter work days/weeks, and children’s rights in the working world.
With the increased practice of holiday sales, backyard barbecues, mini vacations, and plenty of rest and relaxation on this three day weekend, the true meaning of Labor Day can get a little hazy. We, however, cannot forget the importance of this occasion as a time to reflect on the courage of the working people who brought us Labor Day and the many working benefits we enjoy today. This Labor Day, enjoy your day off in whichever way you choose, but let’s also take a moment to reflect and appreciate the team of working individuals that make our lives function day-to-day. Doctors, Fire-Fighters, members of the Military are widely recognized and appreciated, as they should be, but we should also cherish the workers that are not often remembered.
In recent years, wireless carriers have employed contractors to reduce cell tower rents. Typically the contractor would staff a call center to contact landlords with a “canned” pitch: carriers were re-assessing their networks, and landlords could protect their site by accepting a significant rent reduction. In other words, service providers acted principally on behalf of wireless carriers, and against landlords.
This approach has contributed to a rising level of distrust between wireless carriers and cell tower landlords. APWireless have proven that there is a better way, a “win-win” solution that appeals to wireless carriers and cell tower landlords alike: cell tower lease buyouts.