Do you have a land that you think might be suitable for cell tower construction but you do not understand the criterion used by cell tower companies to select ideal sites for their towers? Cell tower companies look into particular factors before entering into agreement with property owner to construct a cell tower on his land. A search ring is a chosen area by the cell tower company that shows where they need to place the cell tower. Firstly, the land should be in a designated area commonly known as search ring and it should have a substantial number of people and the prevail policies and regulations of the local authority allow for construction of cell towers in the area. If your land happens to be within that area of interest, then the cell tower company will make further considerations on various properties to choose the best spot for the cell tower construction. Below is a discussion of some factors to consider before site selection of cell tower construction site.
Size of the land – A suitable land for cell tower construction should be vacant; meaning that there should not be any form of activity on it. Adequate space is critical for this undertaking because the need to add subtenants to site might arise in the future. An area of land of approximately 1000 square feet would be adequate for the undertaking. It is only in exceptional situations that the companies would use an area of land below 1000 square feet because they usually make an allowance for subtenants.
Cost of construction – Just like any other business entity, cell tower companies would want to minimize their construction costs and thus, they would prefer a land that would facilitate easy and cheap construction. Every business tries to minimize costs of operation and cell tower companies are no exception to this. Construction expenses might be affected by accessibility of the land, property being situated in a flood area, dense tree coverage and other environmental factors.
Accessibility of the cell tower site – A suitable cell tower location should be easily accessible whenever the cell tower company wants to reach the site. Nearness to public road is crucial as the company will not have to use other expensive alternatives to get to the site. In the circumstances when the site is not reachable by public road, then the company will have to construct a road to the property and that would significant increase their costs.
Site elevation – The highest point on the site might seem to be the best site for cell tower placement but other factors must be considered. The highest point should be within the search ring and it should be easily reachable and it should have low construction cost. If the highest point does not meet the selection criterion then the cell tower company can pick a different point and adjust the height of the tower.