A Cell Tower in Nature’s Clothing: Faux Towers as Profit Opportunities

March 11, 2014 Info Articles

Cell towers as inconspicuous trees, flag poles, and cacti provide that a good cell site doesn’t have to be remotely located when it can actually be found close to home.

The art of cell tower disguise isn’t a novel invention. Indeed, as early as the 1990s, urban planners were already concerned about the visual pollution steel towers pose. In South Africa, for instance, telecommunication companies were told to make cell towers more attractive in relation to the landscape.

cellphone towers disguised as trees are a puzzling attempt at aesthetics

Brolaz Projects was among the first to create a type of cell tower disguise by crafting the towers into very tall palm trees. In 1996, the first palm pole tower in the U.S. was built at Cape Town. Arizona-based Larson Camouflage concealed a cell tower in Denver, CO four years prior to the Cape Town tower.

Today, the practice has expanded to include not just tree disguises. You might spot flagpoles, grain elevators, craftily placed ads, clock towers, and even ordinary boulders hiding cell towers that help millions of cell phone users in the country keep in touch with each other. More cell sites are being built close to cities, an advantage for cell tower management in terms of accessibility.

The ability to disguise cell towers has also enabled site owners to turn part of their property into cell sites. Of course, the feasibility of installing a cell tower depends on certain factors—such as the prospective site’s desirability and its ability to accommodate a cell tower in the first place. Meanwhile, if the rental agreement does not turn out to be quite what you expected, you can negotiate for a better deal or sell your cellular tower lease to steer clear of risks such as rental rate reduction or even site decommissioning, if it comes to that.

A leading investor like TowerPoint Capital can buy out your cell site lease for a consider lump sum payment. Selling the lease usually involves a three-step process of inspection, valuation, and closing the deal within 30 to 45 days. You can then use the proceeds to enhance your property or invest in profitable ventures.

(Article information from “Cellphone Towers Disguised as Trees Are a Puzzling Attempt at Aesthetics,” Wired, Published March 26, 2013)