AT&T and Verizon are going to build cell towers together

Lloyd Doyle
November 13, 2017

The nation's largest wireless carriers on Monday announced a joint agreement with developer Tillman Infrastructure to build hundreds of new cell towers.

The agreement announced on Monday shows that Verizon and AT&T, the No. 1 and No. 2 biggest US wireless carriers, are willing to strike deals with other vendors to secure better prices for the towers they use to transmit wireless signals, analysts and company officials said.

These new structures will add to the overall communications infrastructure in the U.S., and will fulfill the need for new locations where towers do not exist today.

The companies said the new structures "will add to the overall communications infrastructure in the United States", filling gaps in current tower footprints, but will also enable the nation's two largest network operators to relocate equipment from towers they're now using.

Verizon's chief network officer Nicola Palmer said these new partnerships would improve customer experience and also help cut costs. “We look forward to working with Verizon as we establish site locations and sign new lease agreements with additional suppliers in the coming years.”. The third company, Tillman Infrastructure, is a private company that makes and owns towers, and it will construct the towers to suit AT&T and Verizon.

Construction on the first towers will begin early next year, and the towers will go live soon after they're built. "It's not cost-effective or sustainable", says AT&T SVP Susan Johnson.

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