The two biggest wireless carriers in America are teaming up in order to enter into a joint venture with Tillman Infrastructure. The main objective of this joint venture is to set up hundreds of new cellular towers that both Verizon Wireless and AT&T can take full advantage of later on, especially once the build out is completed.
Despite being sometimes considered a duopoly in the United States wireless industry, both Verizon Wireless and AT&T still have some room for improvement, particularly in terms of diversifying their respective infrastructure lineup. The joint venture with Tillman Infrastructure should help both mobile operators in further broadening their cell tower coverage, and at the same time, allow the two wireless giants to relocate equipment from already existing towers they are utilizing.
As explained by Nicola Palmer, the chief network officer of Verizon Wireless, via a press release, the collaboration will not only help the Big Red continue to foster innovation in wireless technology, but also contribute immensely in the reduction of costs. The bottom line has always been to provide the best customer experience possible, and this new undertaking should help reinforce the backbone needed to continue offering high quality service to users in America.
It is no secret that data consumption in the United States is rising, with more and more people using up increasing amounts gigabytes, partly fueled by the recent popularity of unlimited data plans offered by the four major US wireless carriers in the country (namely Verizon Wireless, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint). Some may remember that back in May earlier this year, research firm Chetan Sharma Consulting had released a report saying that Americans are the third most data hungry mobile users across the globe, trailing only Finland and South Korea in terms of the amount of gigabytes consumed per user on a monthly basis. Pretty soon, even the wireless service providers will be struggling to handle all that load, while making sure their operating costs stay manageable.
This is where the joint venture with Tillman Infrastructure should help alleviate some worries. Apart from co-building the cell towers with Tillman, Verizon Wireless and AT&T will also be co-sharing the same towers once are they are installed. Under the terms of the joint venture, Tillman will be fabricating the customized towers for both carriers, while the Big Two has struck an agreement to lease, as well as co-anchor, the co-located cell towers.
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