Wireless Communication Real Property Interests
Our real property interests underlie our wireless communication tenants' infrastructure assets, and consist of a diversified portfolio of long-term and perpetual easements, tenant lease assignments and, to a lesser extent, fee simple properties located in the United States.
These interests underlie a diverse range of tenant structures in the wireless communications industry including rooftop sites, wireless towers (including monopoles, self-supporting towers, stealth towers and guyed towers) and other structures (including, for example, water towers and church steeples). In certain instances, we lease a tenant site for our tenant's base station and equipment, but not the tenant's antenna array located on infrastructure owned by a third party. We refer to this type of arrangement as an "equipment only" lease.
In this example, we own a real property interest underlying a cellular tower. The cellular tower structure is often owned by another company, who in turn charges one or more wireless carriers for the right to place wireless communication equipment atop the tower (however, the wireless carrier itself occasionally owns the tower). The wireless carriers pay rent to the tower owner for the use of the tower, and the tower owner, in turn, pays us pursuant to our lease with the tower owner to occupy our real property interest.