DISH and SBA Communications Corporation (Nasdaq: SBAC) today announced a new long-term master lease agreement providing DISH access to SBA’s extensive nationwide portfolio of wireless communication sites.
The announcement builds upon DISH’s continued progress in acquiring access to the essential infrastructure needed to deploy its greenfield 5G network coast to coast. As part of the agreement, DISH will lease towers from SBA, and SBA is expected to deliver a variety of pre-construction functions, ranging from site acquisition to regulatory and compliance services.
“With the tower deals announced to date, it now looks like DISH is planning for 45,000-50,000 cell sites,” said John Celentano Inside Towers Business Editor, “mainly macro cells at this point. That puts them on par with AT&T and Verizon.”
”We are excited to expand our partnership with DISH in their efforts to build out a nationwide wireless 5G network,” said Jeff Stoops, SBA’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “We believe the quality of our assets and our long history of working closely with DISH will allow us to be a key support to them in their 5G network deployment.”
“With experience spanning more than thirty years, SBA brings a valuable team and portfolio to our infrastructure mix,” said Dave Mayo, DISH executive vice president of network development. “This agreement provides DISH with access to key real estate that will help advance our rapid 5G network deployment across the U.S.”