12 April 2018
| Natalie Bannerman
AT&T and Crown Castle have entered into a new agreement to expand their existing leasing deal for wireless network infrastructure.
Under the terms of the new agreement, leasing management and
operations will be streamlined to improve the efficiency and
flexibility required for AT&T to deploy new technologies
and increase network capacity. As a result, these changes will
enable AT&T to speed up the deployment of 5G technologies
and specifically help with its FirstNet build.
"This agreement marks a
significant milestone in our relationship with Crown Castle,"
said Susan Johnson, executive vice president of global
connections and supply chain at AT&T. "It establishes a
market-based framework and simplifies the lease management and
administration process. This will allow us to streamline
network projects to better serve our customers."
As well as macro sites, the scope of the agreement also
includes small cell deployments, which are necessary to improve
wireless networks, meet the demands of growing mobile data
usage and prepare for 5G.
"We are pleased to expand our longstanding strategic
relationship with AT&T. We look forward to continuing to
support AT&T's growth by providing our infrastructure
assets to meet their network needs for years to come," added
Mike Kavanagh, chief commercial officer at Crown Castle.
AT&T say that the announcement aligns itself with the
company’s objective to provide customers with
better speed, reliability and performance.
In February of this year Deutsche Telekom set up an edge
computing lab in the US, in collaboration with Crown
Castle. Under the terms of the agreement connectivity to
each site will use extensive fibre networks owned and
maintained by Crown Castle
. The following year Crown Castle confirmed its intention to
buy Lightower Fiber Networks for $7.1 billion, allowing it to
diversify away from its traditional tower business.