Inside Towers reported last week about the huge small cell build-out going on in San Francisco as it prepares for Super Bowl 50. Now Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has signed a 10-year deal with Crown Castle NG Atlantic LLC to suit up the city with small cells. Crown Castle is expanding the Verizon Wireless network by installing DAS and small cells on Baltimore City property such as lamp poles, the Baltimore Sun said. The contract, signed Monday (November 9) is not too different than the deal the mayor cut with Extenet Systems in August that expands Sprint’s Baltimore network and capacity.
The franchise agreements, reached through the city’s department of transportation, require both Crown Castle and Extenet to pay a $100 annual fee. They are charged separately for each installation on a sliding scale that starts at $2,400 for the first 25 locations, the Sun reported. The two deals are expected to deliver Baltimore at lease $650,000 in new annual revenue.