1&1 Mobilfunk has announced the signing of a contract with ATC Germany, the local subsidiary of American Tower Corporation (ATC), to lease antenna sites for the rollout of the fourth German mobile network. Under the agreement, ATC will provide 1&1 access to its communications sites, totalling nearly 15,000, for the installation of the 1&1 high performance antennas. The parties will work together to identify colocation availabilities for sites that can be phased into operation in the near future. Each site will have a lease term of 20 years which can be extended by 1&1 multiple times.
‘With ATC, we have a third strong partner for passive network infrastructure, which ideally complements our mast portfolio. We are looking forward to the cooperation and to jointly driving the rollout of Europe’s first newly-built virtual OpenRAN,’ said Ralph Dommermuth, CEO of 1&1. The agreement follows the signing of two other tower and antenna rollout deals with Vantage Towers in December 2021 and GfTD earlier this month.