Tower operators are poised to make significant gains in 2018. According to Yahoo Finance and Zacks Equity Research, mobile subscribers and heavy smartphone and tablet usage is increasing the need for tower leasing, and will lead to more spectrum requirements and towers going into 2018. In a recent report, analysts identified the upcoming 5G wireless network and spectrum deployment as two key factors driving the sector’s bull run. As more carriers transition to 5G technologies, capital expenditures will be focused on broadening wireless networks that are crucial to the Internet of Things.
American Tower, Crown Castle, and SBA Communications are all expected to achieve success during the next year as they sustain the need for more wireless infrastructure.
In addition, the wireless industry is getting more competitive as new players are introduced and fight for spectrum licenses. Cable multi-service operators are beginning to realize the importance of wireless, and Comcast and Xfinity Mobile are preparing to expand.
During the Commission’s recent spectrum incentive auction, Comcast acquired 73 licenses in the 600 MHz band. The FCC will discuss opening 1,700 MHz of high-frequency spectrum for flexible terrestrial wireless use and providing 4 GHz for satellite use at its meeting on November 16, Inside Towers reported.
These increases in importance and competition are expected to help tower operators build success, rather than restrain it. Providing wireless services requires effective site management, as well as infrastructure and upgrades.
November 3, 2017