DISH Network and American Tower Corporation have entered into a master lease agreement through which DISH will lease space on up to 20,000 American Tower cell sites. Under the agreement, cash lease payments from DISH to American Tower will commence in 2022 and grow over time as DISH’s network deployment progresses. In addition, DISH will have the ability to utilise American Tower’s zoning, permitting and other pre-construction services.
TeleGeography notes that the American Tower deal is the latest in a series of agreements that DISH has signed with tower firms as it prepares to undertake a nationwide 5G rollout. DISH has previously inked deals with the likes of Crown Castle (November 2020) and SBA Communications, Vertical Bridge, Harmoni Towers, Mobilite, Parallel Infrastructure, Phoenix Tower International (PTI), Tillman Infrastructure, Tower Ventures and Vogue Towers (all February 2021).