According to Ofcom, two-thirds of UK mobile subscriptions now allow access to 4G services. This means that there will be more pressure than ever before on the UK’s network of mobile phone masts over the Christmas period. The festive season is a time that people love to share on social media and all of those Instagram posts, tweets and Facebook status updates use data. While mobile phone networks have continued to build-out their 4G capacity over the last year, the festive season will be a testing period when their customers and the networks themselves will discover whether their investment has been sufficient.
Why Christmas places extra demand on phone networks
The Christmas season begins with a huge amount of travel across the UK. This means that millions of people are sitting on trains, buses and in the backs of cars for several hours with nothing to do. In this situation, most of us turn to our phones and in the last few years, data-intensive activities such as streaming YouTube videos have become more popular.
If you currently have a mobile phone mast on your land or have an agreement and telecoms equipment on your building did you know there is an alternative available to you rather than collecting this unsecured rent over time.
APWireless could offer you a guaranteed lump sum lease premium for your site.
But what are the advantages of doing so?
This could then be invested as you felt appropriate, whilst also eliminating the uncertainty of the ever changing mobile market, particularly bearing in mind the recent news of the changes to the telecommunication code.
We have acquired over 1500 such sites in the UK and the land owners we have worked with do so for the following reasons:
• Eliminate decommissioning risk and any future rent reduction
• Release capital to invest in a higher return project or development opportunity
• Benefit from our extensive market knowledge to maximise the value of the site
• Eliminate the time and cost burden of managing the lease and dealing with the mobile operators
There is little doubt that we are in a period of some economic uncertainty. Whether you are a supporter or opponent of Brexit, there are big decisions to come about the sort of country the UK wants to be and what its relationships are with the rest of the world.
As a major inward investor in the country, we want to ensure that the UK remains open for business. A healthy and thriving economy is essential for us and for our customers. If the UK is to make the most of post-Brexit opportunities then the telecoms sector, built on the foundations of the masts that we invest in, needs to be a forefront of government thinking.
If a mobile phone mast is built on your land, it can provide you with an additional income and this is usually paid monthly, yearly or annually – depending on what suits both parties. A mobile phone mast can be a great investment and there are ways to increase the potential of your mobile phone mast’s worth.
This will depend on a number of factors such as type of mast, location, size of demise etc.. Speak to APWireless if you would like a market valuation of your mast and confirmation on whether you are receiving a fair and reasonable market rent for it.
Mobile Phone Mast Premium
There are other options you can choose from, including a mobile phone mast lease premium. As an alternative to receiving rent from the telecommunications company, this is a way to generate income by handing the lease over to another company. This can be a good way to get a lump sum payment, which can be used for further investments and it can help take the stress of waiting to receive rental payments.
If you are a landlord receiving rent on your mobile phone mast, you may not be aware but there is a different option available for you. You may choose to sell the rent stream to a company such as APWireless.
It can be a difficult decision on how to proceed with your mobile phone mast. It may be more advantageous to get a lump sum for your mobile phone mast, as this could be used to put towards other purchases or you may prefer to keep receiving rent payments from the operator. Weighing up the options can be difficult. However, it is important to make a decision based on your long-term goals, rather than short-term needs. Consider the long-term investment options first, before you decide.
Prior to making any decisions, it is important to take a thorough look at your lease and delve into any loopholes. The greater your understanding of your lease, the clearer you will be on the terms of the agreement and this will help you make the best decision to suit your individual needs.
As a mobile phone mast landlord, no matter whether you are located in a rural or urban area, you are part of the network of masts that are helping to boost connectivity within the UK. These masts can be 25 metre masts on rural farm land or small cells attached to the outside of buildings to in towns and cities.
But how do these masts work and how can you take control of yours?
How Is Your Mobile Phone Mast Working as Part of the Wider Network?
Strictly speaking a mast is just that, a tower or pole that sticks up into the air. What actually enables us to send and receive calls are the antenna, which can be located onto existing buildings or onto a masts. The mast simply lifts antenna to a height where they can transmit and receive radio waves. When you make a call your phone converts voice or data into radio waves that are transmitted to the nearest mast / cell site. The antenna then determines if the call is to another mobile phone or to a landline and routes the call accordingly. The mobile phone network operates on the cell principle. The network operators have divided the UK up into thousands of discrete areas – cells – that contain equipment to provide coverage. Each cell provides coverage for a specific area and because their coverage overlaps, calls can be passed between cells as people move around. Cell density and positioning are driven by population distribution and topography. There are more cells in urban area to cater for higher traffic levels and, sometimes, to mitigate interference caused by tall buildings and local clutter. In more rural locations masts can be kilometres apart where population is low and widespread.
Nearly two years after the proposed finish date, Vodafone and O2 are expecting to conclude their joint venture Project Beacon by the end of 2017. The agreement created a joint venture CTIL (Cornerstone Telecommunications Infrastructure Limited) in which O2 are responsible for maintaining, building and monitoring new mobile phones masts in the east of the country and Vodafone in the west.
Project Beacon Goals And Proposals
Project Beacon, which has been in place since 2012 allows Vodafone to use O2 masts and visa versa with a combined 18,000 masts across a single network grid. According to CTIL, the project also dedicated some of its billion pound budget to investment in updating 400 existing base stations monthly in order for them to be able to work successfully with 4G signals.
The companies have also positively benefited with millions of pounds of costs being stripped due to using each others masts and increasing connections without having to install thousands of brand new masts.
If you are a mobile phone mast landlord you might have heard about mobile phone mast premiums. As well as providing financial security a mobile phone mast lease premium can give you control over your mast.
APWireless are the world’s leading mobile phone mast lease investment fund with clients and connections all across the world.
With an action packed 4 days of sun and showers APWireless again thoroughly enjoyed an extremely successful 4 days at the 2017 Royal Welsh Show. The locally-based APWireless team present at the Showground in Llanelwedd, Builth Wells welcomed and met many local farmers and landlords from the area and wider onto our stand, taking advantage of this unique opportunity of being able to reach out to the farming community across Wales and the rest of the UK.
Why Was It Important For Us To Attend?
With many of our telecoms site landlords’ being farmers or landlords of rural agricultural land, The Royal Welsh Show provided us with a great platform to not only talk but also listen to concerns with the ever changing nature of the telecoms industry.
The sector of telecommunications is ever expanding and 2017 looks set to be a year of profound change to introduce new technology and meet the increased consumer demand.
Last year, the UK alone saw a huge growth in mobile data traffic, 4G network use and broadband traffic. According to the latest Ofcom report, not only has the number of adults with smartphones risen, but the 4G plans entered into has risen by nearly 7 million in just over 3 years.
Here APWireless take a look at the future of telecommunications in the UK and how this might be affecting you as a consumer:
This years Royal Highland Show marked the 177th show since it first began in 1822. Based in Ingliston, North West Edinburgh, this year’s event attracted around 200,000 visitors across the four days. APWireless were lucky enough to be able to exhibit at the event with a stall set up ready to talk to locals, farmers and mobile phone mast landlords from across the region.
The Royal Highland Show
Each year Ingliston plays host to thousands of people from all across the UK attracted to the Royal Highland Show with the promise of great food, fantastic livestock shows and equestrian events.
This years show was no different with thousands of visitors as well as 1,000 trade exhibitors and more than 6,500 animals attending. The Ingliston site has two exhibition halls, a forestry arena, countryside and renewables area. It also houses the renowned Scotland’s Larder Live held in the Highland Hall which sees some of the most accomplished chefs and fantastic produce from across the country showcased.
The UK General Election campaign is in full swing and that means all is quiet in Parliament.
Parliament itself was dissolved on 3 May for the General Election on 8 June so no business takes place until a new government is in place, although the government retains its responsibility to govern and ministers remain in charge of their departments. Following the General Election, the Prime Minister will ask Her Majesty the Queen to summon the new Parliament to meet for the first time on 13 June. The first business of the House of Commons when it meets is to elect or re-elect a Speaker and for Members of Parliament (MPs) to be sworn in. The State Opening of Parliament will follow on 19 June.
The most high-profile part of the State Opening, which marks the beginning of the parliamentary year, is the speech read by Her Majesty The Queen which contains the government’s programme of legislation and policies for the coming year (the Queen’s Speech). Then Parliament gets down to its usual business of debating and holding the government to account.
When Theresa May made the decision to call an election, few gave a thought to what would happen to the Bills going through Parliament. We did, as the Digital Economy Bill is one that we had been involved in and would have an impact on our business.
Mrs. May’s decision to hold a general election shocked most people. From our perspective our thoughts turned to what this meant for the Bill.
When a Prime Minister makes such a call, there will often be a number of Bills that haven’t yet finished going through Parliament. That is the situation we faced with the Digital Economy Bill.
Following engagement by the APWireless team, the UK Government has amended the Digital Economy Bill. The legislation now recognises the role of market value in the setting of rents for wireless infrastructure.
As I blogged about recently, in the legislation, the British Government initially decided to change the way that rents are agreed for wireless infrastructure. The change, as originally proposed, would have shifted valuing land away from a market-based system to a ‘no scheme’ valuation.
APWireless thought it very necessary to engage with the British Parliament to highlight the considerable drawbacks of that type of approach. Far from improving network coverage, we were concerned that any savings made by the mobile operators would not be reinvested in the infrastructure as was being suggested. There were also, we felt, a number of problems for our own business and a knock-on impact on land owners.
The British Government recently decided, without notice to any of us involved in the sector, to change the way that rents are agreed for the wireless infrastructure. The change, if introduced, would shift valuing land away from a market-based system, to a ‘no scheme’ valuation.
The measure is contained in the Digital Economy Bill which is currently going through Parliament. We were so concerned about the move that we decided to take action.
It’s difficult to convey just how much of a shock the UK government’s move was. We had worked with the relevant authorities for a long time and there had even been an independent Law Commission study that dismissed the moves.
Wireless operators realise that building more traditional macro mobile phone masts is not always a viable solution due to the large amount of space these installations require, along with the high price of building and maintaining them. The answer just might be in small cell technology. With a small footprint, this new alternative for higher capacity data can provide a range of 10 meters within urban areas, and up to 2 km for more rural locations. Although small cells have not yet gone mainstream, they are on the rise as the best solution to deal with traffic in high-density areas in a reliable, inexpensive, and easy-to-install way.
Money today is literally worth more than it will be in the future in terms of what it will buy you. In 1985, before you drove to the supermarket to buy a pint of milk for 20p, you would complain about spending 43p per liter to fill up the tank of the car you had just purchased for £5,500. Today, milk costs an average of 25p per liter, you are more than happy to spend £1.10 per liter at the pump, and buying a new car will put a £29,000 dent in your bank account. You can largely thank inflation for this.
But inflation isn’t entirely to blame for rising costs nor does it explain why in 1985 the average home in London sold for £45,000 whereas today the median home price in the city has now risen to £200,000!! There are countless reasons why costs skyrocket with time, including popularity, world events, diminishing resources, natural phenomena, technology, etc.
With ever-increasing speeds, accessing the web from your mobile device has become even more convenient and sometimes faster than using your home computer. This is the type of technology that brings “mobile” lifestyle to the next level, giving us the ability to do anything from anywhere.
For years smartphone ownership has been on the rise, with 80% of adults owning at least one smartphone and spending about 11 hours a day with electronic media. Without network expansion, this increase in data demand can negatively affect the performance of your smartphone by reducing speeds. We can probably all agree, it is extremely frustrating trying to visit a page or watch a video and the data just isn’t working. We want our internet to be faster; we need our internet to be faster. Our everyday lives changed after the introduction of 3G technology and mobile data usage, and with the spread of 4G LTE, life will just get better. So what makes 4G LTE so great?