Mixed signals on growth but unanimity on ‘Nimby’

May 01, 2008 | 12:22 PM |

Talk about mixed signals. It's tough to get a true line on demand for cellular towers this year when it varies markedly from manufacturer to manufacturer, with some saying demand in the first quarter was up as much as 30 percent and others saying it was down 35 percent.

"We have seen demand explode in the first quarter and have built about 200 self-supporting towers in the past month, which is up about 30 percent from last year," Beau Aero, project manager for Glen Martin Engineering Inc., Boonville, Mo., said, attributing much of this demand to the Federal Communications Commission's auctioning of the 1.7- to 2.1-gigahertz spectrum in late 2006, which resulted in the issuance of numerous new FCC operators' licenses to national and regional wireless providers. This has allowed a few new players to get into the industry, some existing companies to get new networks and some regional players to "go national," he said.....

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