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3g - "The following standards are typically branded 3G:
the UMTS system, first offered in 2001, standardized by 3GPP, used primarily in Europe, Japan, China (however with a different radio interface) and other regions predominated by GSM 2G system infrastructure. The cell phones are typically UMTS and GSM hybrids. Several radio interfaces are offered, sharing the same infrastructure:
The original and most widespread radio interface is called W-CDMA.
The TD-SCDMA radio interface, was commercialised in 2009 and is only offered in China.
The latest UMTS release, HSPA+, can provide peak data rates up to 56 Mbit/s in the downlink in theory (28 Mbit/s in existing services) and 22 Mbit/s in the uplink."(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/3G - 06/23/2011

4g - "In telecommunications, 4G is the fourth generation of cellular wireless standards. It is a successor to the 3G and 2G families of standards. In 2009, the ITU-R organization specified the IMT-Advanced (International Mobile Telecommunications Advanced) requirements for 4G standards, setting peak speed requirements for 4G service at 100 Mbit/s for high mobility communication (such as from trains and cars) and 1 Gbit/s for low mobility communication (such as pedestrians and stationary users)"http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/4G 06/23/2011

Backhaul - "n a hierarchical telecommunications network the backhaul portion of the network comprises the intermediate links between the core network, or backbone, of the network and the small subnetworks at the "edge" of the entire hierarchical network. For example, while cell phones communicating with a single cell tower constitute a local subnetwork, the connection between the cell tower and the rest of the world begins with a backhaul link to the core of the telephone company's network (via a point of presence). (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Backhaul_%28telecommunications%29"

Buy out - The purchase of a monetary cash flow

Cell or cellular - "A mobile radiotelephone, often mobile hand-held units, that uses a network of short-range transmitters located in overlapping cells throughout a region, with a central station making connections to regular telephone lines. Also called mobile telephone.

Co-location rents (co-los) - "Tower colocation is where a wireless carrier installs or colocates their equipment on another carrier's or tower company's tower. The wireless carrier will lease ground space in the tower owner's lease area, if available, and will lease or licence space on the tower for their antennas and coaxial cable." (http://www.steelintheair.com.au/Tower-Collocation-Leases.php 06/23/2011)

Fiber optics - "You hear about fiber-optic cables whenever people talk about the telephone system, the cable TV system or the Internet. Fiber-optic lines are strands of optically pure glass as thin as a human hair that carry digital information over long distances. They are also used in medical imaging and mechanical engineering inspection." (http://communication.howstuffworks.com/fiber-optic-communications/fiber-optic.htm 06/23/2011

General easement - "One interesting exception to the standard easement is a “floating” easement, when there is no fixed or specific location or spot. This may be used when there is no clearly identified path for someone to follow across a piece of real estate. For example, a fire-protection district might have such an easement for the purposes of getting to a particular location. But the equipment could conceivably go across the defined real property at any place." (http://www.thegeminigeek.com/what-is-an-easement/ 06/23/2011)

IRR - Internal Rate of Return. "When you have an investment that creates differing amounts of annual cash flow, you need to determine your rate of return using the Internal Rate of Return (IRR). The formula for computing the IRR is very complicated but essentially IRR is the rate needed to convert (or discount or reduce) the sum of the future uneven cash flow to equal your initial investment or down payment." (http://www.rentalsoftware.com/internal_rate_of_return.htm 06/23/2011)

Lease advances - An advance of lease payments given for the purchase of the cellular lease

Lease term - The normal lease term that buyout firms want are 30 years, 40 yaers aqnd in 'perpituity'

Lease termination - see Termination

MHz - One megahertz ( MHz) is equal to 1,000 kilohertz, or 1,000,000 hertz. It can also be described as one million cycles per second. Megahertz is used to measure wave frequencies.

Monitize - To turn a cash flow that is collected over a long term to all cash

Pay out - (See lease advance)

Redundancy - When a carrier has two or more sets of shelves or duplicate equipment due to the acquisition of another carrier, the shelves or equipment is said to be redundant and is subject to termination of that redundant lease.

RFP (Request for Proposal) - Formal bidding process used by virtually all public sectors.

Shelves - The antenae used in cellular transmission, either placed on top of a mono pole, tower or roof top.

Short wave - "A radio wave with a frequency between 5.9 megahertz and 26.1 megahertz. Shortwaves broadcast from the Earth's surface are reflected by the upper atmosphere and can travel great distances around the planet. The shortwave band of the electromagnetic spectrum is used for amateur radio communications." (http://www.thefreedictionary.com/shortwave 06/23/2011)br>
Specific easement - The right of a carrier to use a 'specific' location defined by specific deminisions

Telecom (also telecommunications) - Is the exchange of information over significant distances by electronic means.

Termination - The contract language that allows a cellular carrier to terminate the lease with 30 to 90 days notice.

Tower (see types)

Wireless - Wireless communication is the transfer of information over a distance without the use of electrical conductors or "wires"

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