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U.S. Tower Landscape Most Competitive: Report

By Don Bishop

A report on growth, trends, the COVID-19 pandemic effect and forecasts for the telecommunications towers market said that the tower industry has gained prominence as an independent industry mainly in the United States and India. The 298-page report, issued by ReportLinker, a French company that uses artificial intelligence to deliver market data and forecasts, said that the United States has many key vendors engaging in mergers, acquisitions, partnerships, rollouts and coalitions.

“The U.S. landscape is one of the most competitive landscapes for major vendors as many companies are operating for growth because of the excessive demands for 5G telecommunications in the country,” a summary from ReportLinker reads.

The summary singled out American Tower and SBA Communications for mention.

“In December 2020, American Tower announced completed its acquisition of InSite Wireless Group for nearly $3.5 billion,” the summary reads. “American Tower expects the assets acquired from InSite to generate $150 million in property revenue and $115 million in gross margin in 2021.”

ReportLinker noted that SBA Communications has 10,000 towers in the United States. “The company announced a long-term master lease agreement with Dish Network that will provide Dish with access to SBA’s nationwide portfolio of wireless communications sites,” the summary reads.

The summary reflects the report’s global perspective in pointing out that in the rest of the world, mobile network operators own a large proportion of towers, and the proportion is growing.

“Over recent years, there has been a surge in the installation of telecom towers,” the summary reads. “Telecommunication exchange websites estimated that over 250,000 towers would be erected globally in 2020 alone, with operators from China and India contributing the highest to the new tower installations. These towers are operator-owned tower companies, including new tower companies owned by companies such as Vodafone, Reliance Jio, Orange and Hutchison. Operator-led tower companies now own 55.6 percent of the world’s towers, up from 52.7 percent at the same time the previous year.”

Although many mobile network operators take responsibility for the construction, functioning, and maintenance of the towers, operators in emerging economies increasingly outsource these services to third-party companies, according to the summary.

Regulatory policy that sometimes restricts foreign ownership of towers traps tower assets on mobile network operator balance sheets, according to the summary. “In other instances, the mobile network operator may still see its towers as a source of competitive differentiation, or the market it serves or the mobile network operator itself may be seen as less investible by the tower industry,” the summary reads.

In the worldwide perspective, China Tower, an operator-owned company, distorts the market share of operator-owned towers, ReportLinker said. “Excluding China Tower from the consideration, operator-led tower companies may own 24.6 percent of the towers globally and independent tower companies, 22.2 percent,” the summary reads.

“Major players with prominent shares in the market are focusing on expanding their customer base across foreign countries,” the summary reads. “These companies are leveraging strategic collaborative initiatives to increase their market share and profitability. The companies operating in the market are also acquiring start-ups working on telecom towers to strengthen their product capabilities. Hence, the market concentration is high.”

To view the summary of “Telecom Towers Market – Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 – 2026),” click here.


Don Bishop is executive editor and associate publisher of AGL Magazine.

Smart Cities Connectivity to Boost DAS Market: ReportLinker

ReportLinker’s report, “Distributed Antenna Systems Market — Growth, Trends and Forecasts (2020 – 2025)” says that distributed antenna system (DAS) networks have helped industries overcome shortcomings of internet connectivity and high bandwidth. This help is the reason why DAS is finding further acceptance in various other regions and industries, according to ReportLinker.

“One of the major factors for the penetration of DAS has been the increasing demand for high-speed connectivity everywhere,” information from the company reads. “As technology has proved to be cost-effective, even governments across the globe have been proactively deploying this antenna system.”

Some of the advantages that are driving the demand for DAS are better-defined coverage, fewer coverage holes, same coverage using lower overall power, along with individual antennas that do not need to be elevated as high as a single antenna for the equivalent coverage, the report reads.

ReportLinker said that in the United States — especially in Las Vegas — in-building DAS has become the focus of many of the Las Vegas resorts and venues to keep customers connected with the outside world. Similar developments are expected to follow in other regions in places that have high commercial value and that want increased customer footfall with better connectivity options, according to the report.

“In smart cities, DAS has emerged as an essential solution that helps create the required infrastructure for achieving connected systems,” information disclosed by ReportLinker reads. “Smart buildings, hospitals, shopping complex and vehicular traffic management need continuous communication and, thus, are expected to boost the market demand. Several smart city projects and initiatives are ongoing across the globe, and by 2025, it is expected that there would be around 30 global smart cities, and 50 percent of these would be located in North America and Europe.”

ReportLinker said that these steps are supported by global investments, which, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, would be about $1.8 trillion, between 2010 and 2030, for all infrastructure projects in urban cities. This is one of the major factors pushing the demand for distributed antenna systems, primarily owing to their application in smart cities connectivity applications.

Public Safety DAS

Public safety DAS networks provide wireless service via an antenna system, particularly to buildings, in order to ensure that emergency responders can maintain wireless communications within a building structure and on the job during emergencies.

“Enabling emergency communication is crucial when it comes to the men and women who are often the first on a scene when it comes to public safety,” information from ReportLinker reads. “In case of public safety, DAS design will need to meet the system coverage requirements of both the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the International Fire Code (IFC). Although IFC dictates that 95 percent of coverage is needed in all areas, NFPA dictates that 99 percent coverage is required in areas of vital importance, such as those designated by the local fire department.”

According to ReportLinker, wth higher deaths due to fires in countries such as the United States, DAS networks are expected to witness an increased adoption, owing to the rising significance of public safety. The DAS market is also witnessing an increase in penetration of high-speed internet technologies, ReportLinker said, such as 4G and 5G, which has led to modifications of public safety in-building wireless DAS to support such internet speeds. This, in turn, has enabled a more extended reach and has been promoting the growth of the market, ReportLinker said.

“Furthermore, the growing trend of smart city development in emerging economies has been leading to the faster application of public safety in-building wireless DAS in several residential and commercial building complexes,” ReportLinker added. “This has again positively influenced the growth of the global public safety in-building wireless DAS market.

Competitive Landscape

ReportLinker stated the DAS market is highly fragmented because of increasing mobile data traffic, a proliferation of connected devices resulting from the internet of things (IoT), a rising need for spectrum efficiency and growing consumer demand for extended network coverage and uninterrupted connectivity.

“Many companies are now entering in to the market with an array of scope,” ReportLinker said. “Some of the key players in the market are Anixter, CommScope, PT Tower Bersama Infrastructure TBK, Corning and Antenna Products Corporation.”


“Distributed Antenna Systems Market — Growth, Trends and Forecasts (2020 – 2025)”

Source: ReportLinker