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Do the major (all) cell providers share/lease to each other their towers? Enquiring minds want to know. 

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Not in Oz.

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In the UK most Towers are single system,   however in places where there are limited sites they have been known to share. 

Saying that some providers have no Towers of their own and piggy back on others systems.  The Giff gaff mobile provider and the Tesco supermarket chain use others networks. 

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I see enough rural towers on farms amd towmship water towers with various style antenna that I think the smart owner retains the right to lease to anybody. 

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 It’s complicated and I don’t claim to completely understand it. The big US carriers sold off their tower holdings to real estate investment trusts like American Tower and Zayo, which lease tower space to cellular providers and others. They also build new towers. Many of these are multi-tenant. Recently AT&T and Verizon formed a joint venture to build shared sites because they think they are getting ripped off by the tower companies. Throw into that all the legal and civil engineering  complexities and you have a hot mess. 

But back to your question... a lot of the larger towers are joint use.

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Hmm. Cheltenham,  large amount of Towers .

why?   

That's where GCHQ is,    Government Communications Headquarters , the equivalent of the NSA in the USA.. 

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My conservation club leases a small piece of land to Verizon who built a tower. Other companies can use the tower and must pay a fee to the club and I believe to Verizon as well. At this time no other companies are using the tower. 

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We have a mini repeater on the back of the sailing club starting box, one of 3 in the village to fill in a dead area,  caused by a small hill side,  the village is built on. You used to have to go stand on the footbridge to the island to get a signal... Now it's full bars everywhere. On that network.. 

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Here in Cali almost any entity that owns a tower (and there are many different entities that do) lease space to lots of other companies. My FD has a couple for emergency radio/data and we leased space to multiple providers of public providers and private company communication systems. More than paid for our towers and their maintenance.

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Thanks thats interesting it's only a shame my handsets happen to be can you guess (O2 &  Vodafone)

 

According to the map above, masts I've seen so far are carrier specific, though a tall building in city would appear to have an array of  equipment so look as though its possible without any conflict,

and with higher masts I read about recently ;https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-49480560

it might be better to share a site

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I don't know if they have such companies in the US but my cell (we use the term 'mobile phone') provider buys time on most of the big networks.  They don't own any cell towers, and have minimal infrastructure.  I pay less than $25.00 a month for cheap calls, unlimited text msgs and 5 gigs of internet.  A few years ago the EU forced the cell providers to stop raping customers for roaming charges across international borders so now calls and msgs are the same cost anywhere you are in the EU and internet roaming is a few cents per Mb within the EU.  I have never used all of my inclusive internet allotment because I prefer a bigger screen for most internet purposes (Who wants to look at porn on a small screen?).  Because my provider has contracts with most of the big providers in the EU, I always have good coverage, my phone automatically connects to the best net.  Of course in Europe there aren't many places, except where there are big mountains, that are devoid of a cell signal due to the population density and relatively small size of most countries here. 

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here in brazil, the regulatory agency "induces" the cell providers to sign infrastructure sharing agreements in order to try to avoid the tower "forests" that are becoming usual.

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