Communications towers are one of the essential infrastructure links in the global telecommunications network. Communications towers allow for sufficient elevation locations and positions where satellite, mobile telephone, radio, television and other communications network transmission equipment can be mounted. Placement of communications towers requires many case specific considerations. Factors include intended coverage area and reach of intended transmission markets, geospacial considerations, proximity to fiber optic lines and satellite communications, zoning/land-use restrictions, availability and cost of land and air rights, and other restrictions.
In many cases, mobile telephone towers are located along highways, railways, thoroughfares and other rights-of-way and on higher elevation areas near or within population centers or other local telecommunications use concentrations. In urban areas, many mobile telephone transmitters are located on the rooftops of public and private buildings, other elevated structures and within tunnels. Television, radio and other types of communications towers are typically constructed in more rural areas as they have more powerful regional transmission and also require higher elevations.
Communications tower assets portfolios are often located both on publicly-owned rights-of-way and public and and private lands and buildings (often leased and/or by sale of land-use and air rights). Furthermore, many telecommunications companies are not in the business of owning towers. A common model is for a financial (infrastructure) investor to own the towers and lease the towers to the telecommunications company.
DCS experts can assist both public and private sector clients in evaluating, planning, financing, developing, constructing, operating and managing communications towers projects and managing asset portfolios.
Within the communication towers infrastructure sector DCS experts maintain relationships with related project consultants and participants including: both international and local legal advisors; technical, engineering and environmental/social advisors, economic/market consultants; contractors, vendors and technology providers; strategic and financial equity sponsors; lenders (including commercial lenders, international/development financial institutions (IFIs/DFIs), Export Credit Agencies and Export-Import Banks (ECA/Ex-IMs), institutional lenders, bond funds and investment banks) and credit rating agencies (if applicable). We are always prepared and highly experienced in taking on a lead transaction advisory or project/program management role where we coordinate and manage (in some cases, procure and retain via subcontract) various technical, legal and other consultants required for the project. On behalf of our clients we are also prepared and accustomed to leading and concluding negotiations with governmental/public sector or equity sponsors, contractors and vendors, lenders, rating agencies and regulators, as may be relevant for a given project.
In many client cases, there may also be a significant nexus between communication towers infrastructure assets and facilities and other sectors that we specialize in, such as technology (5G networks), transportation (roadway, rail, pipeline and transmission corridors and air rights), real estate (urban air rights), energy & utilities (solar and wind renewables installations), and others. We are prepared to bring our complementary expertise in these other sectors to our telecommunications infrastructure sector clients, as their specific project may benefit. There may be many collaborative partnership opportunities between diverse companies and public and private service providers, who may also have synergistic objectives and opportunities related to communication tower assets and systems. We can help our clients expand the horizons of their project and analyze and understand synergistic economic and commercial impacts related to communication towers infrastructure assets and public services. This will help forge potential new innovative partnerships with both private and public sector parties, where significant added-value can be realized.
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