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Communications and transmission towers, especially – represent a great source of wireless siting opportunities, and many utilities are engaging in this business with carriers. However, utility practices and procedures need unifying and streamlining to improve this business relationship.
In response to United Telecom Council member requests for information, the UTC created the study in order to explore streamlining collocation business processes and establishing industry consensus that make the niche utility collocation business more attractive to wireless carriers. It aims to define current practices and give utilities practical steps for traditional tower siting while considering how emerging technologies are likely to change the business and offer new opportunities with commercial providers.
As utilities continue to look for ways to make the best use of existing assets, wireless collocation is an option that many are considering. Learning from other successful utility programs provides a way for industry members to jumpstart their own collocation businesses. Invaluable input from wireless carrier companies adds unique perspectives on how to improve the business proposition. Among the topics covered in the report: helping carriers with “speed to market,” the area where utilities need the greatest improvement to increase their collocation opportunities; exploring utilities’ pricing advantages over collocation competitors; the various business practices in place across various types of utilities, and based on zoning, terrain and other factors; and how new technologies will create both new challenges and new opportunities in siting.
The report was driven by and developed in conjunction with UTC’s Wireless Business Opportunities Committee, a collection of members with direct interest in this topic. The generous sponsorship of WCP Utilities (www.wcputilities.com) makes this report available at no cost to UTC core members. *( UTC Core Members please contact, Research@UTC.org )
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