Cell Tower Lease Rates

When negotiating your cell site tower or rooftop lease there are many things that you need to know. Obviously the lease rate is important, however there are other provisions that can affect your overall 'life of the lease' totals as much or more.

Co-location rents or fees are very important as they allow you to collect a portion of any sub-letting the tenant, the cell phone or data carrier, collects from additional carriers the tenant adds to the cell site.

Escalation of your rent each year or 5 years can also make a big difference in the 'life of the lease' total amount collected. Normal escalations are 3% yearly and 15% each 5 years. The 3% yearly escalation will actually give you a little more due to the compounding.

Read more at Negotiating a Lease.

Verizon Cell Tower Lease Values

Verizon Wireless has built more cell towers than any other cellular carrier and is more an site owner than a tenant of another carrier. The lease rate they will offer you will depend on how much they want the site and whether they have alternate sites available that will meet their needs. Expect an offer of anywhere between $1,700 a month to $2,000 a month. I highly recommend seeking an cell lease expert, as other terms are equally as important.

AT&T Tower Lease Rates

AT&T Wireless is a close 2nd behind Verizon when it comes to tower ownership, so they too are more often an tower or rooftop owner rather than a tenant. There are a couple of hiccups possible. The first is that Cingular, now part of AT&T, still has sites that due to redundanc, will be decommissioned.
Second hiccup is that if AT&T is successful for its T-Mobile bid, it will again cause some additional redundancy and further lease terminations. Rates should equal lease rates of Verizon, somewhere around $1,700 to $2,000*.

Sprint/Nextel Rates

Sprint Nextel still has thousands of redundant sites. Rents to look for should be on the weaker side of $1,500 to $1,700* as a lease rate, depending on whether it is a tower or rooftop. I highly recommend seeking a cell lease expert.

Value of a T-Mobile Cell Tower Lease

T-Mobile lease rates will be on the softer side or the normal $1,500 to $1,700* lease rate. I believe that they will become very aggressive if they eventually able to merge with another carrier, like Sprint. 'T-Mo' is more of a tenant when it comes to towers and more of an owner when it comes to rooftops. I highly recommend seeking a cell lease expert to sort this out as term financial dynamics can vary greatly.

Cricket Tower Lease Rates

CricketWireless.com established in 1999 and is a subsidiary of Leap wireless. As a rooftop site owner and more of a tower sub-lessor lease rates are more towards the $1,200 to $1,400* range. I highly recommend seeking a cell lease expert.

Leap Tower Rates

Leap Wireless was founded in 1998 and currently has 7 million users across 34 states as of May 2011. Leap has been pretty aggressive since being the purchaser of a spectrum of frequencies that could give it a tremendous boost. Lease rates towards the high end of $1,400 to $1,650* a month, again depending on rooftop or tower site. I highly recommend seeking a cell lease expert.

MetroPCS Tower Lease Rates

MetroPCS, formerly know as General Wireless, Inc., is the 5th largest cell phone carrier in the Us with almost 9 million users. The company is headquartered in Richardson, Texas. Lease rates should be middle to higher end of $1,500 to $1,750*. I highly recommend seeking a cell lease expert.

* Cell tower lease rates depend on many factors and can fluctuate a great deal. Please seek an expert on this area as each cell site has pluses and minuses as due each cell or data carrier.