More Data Means Passive Income for Landowners

And they’re off! Cell phone tower companies are racing to keep up with the increased demand for cell phone data. As if Aunt Susy’s cat videos weren’t enough to suck the data out of you, driverless vehicles are becoming a reality and with that reality comes a whole lot of data. But did you know that also means a whole lot of opportunities for passive income for landowners?

Autonomous vehicles require sensors to compute everything around them into actionable steps. To do so, they use a 5G wireless technology that streams data from the cloud, and on the road they are accessing this data from cell towers. To calculate things like your GPS coordinates or to assess other vehicles you might need to avoid on the road, these sensors generate roughly 1 Gigabyte of data every second. On average, Americans drive 600 hours per year in their cars. That means they average 2.160.000 seconds or approximately 2 Petabyte of data per car per year.

A petabyte? Yes, you’re probably just as surprised as me to find out that a Petabyte is not an appetizer at a vegan internet café.

Not only will 90% of automobiles be self-driving, but they’ll also be connected to the cloud.

By 2025 we can expect to see driverless cars becoming more common place with some predictions showing that 90% of cars on the road will be autonomous. In reality, driverless cars won’t be ubiquitous for some time, but their ivy-league-educated first cousins – the smart cars – are here and their impact on the amount of data needed on America’s highways are just as significant.

Some of the biggest names in the automotive industry have developed smart cars and vehicles equipped with WIFI capabilities. These smart cars will be using roughly 25 GB of data every hour they are on the roads. These connected cars will need access to a strong supporting telecom infrastructure to process and provide these capabilities.

Rise of Mobile: Landowners Can Take Advantage of Cell Tower Leases

In 1990 when cell phone towers first started, you needed one cell tower every 5 – 7 miles. Now, with the advances in smart phones and connected devices, the need has grown to one small cell tower closer to the resident’s home, every 5,000 devices. That means a 1000% increase in the amount of cell towers needed…simply because of the rise of mobile devices! As a landowner, you have a huge opportunity here to generate passive income for years to come.

According to industry research, by 2025, tower sites will grow at a CAGR of 3.9% and there could be more than 200,000 towers and over 400,000 sites being used within the next decade. These cell tower sites could be those large towers you might have seen on long road trips or the oversized antennae-looking structures on rooftops in cities.


Rooftop Lease Agreements are a Landowner’s Dream

Rooftop access cell towers are a landowner’s dream – the rooftops of condos and apartment buildings are unused space that could be generating revenue for years to come! Even better news is that these rooftop systems are not excluded from the aforementioned impressive growth. In fact, they’re projected to grow from a market share of 21% to 29%.

The demand for a more capable cellular data network is definitely there. The CAGR for mobile data traffic is projected to grow at 42% through 2020. As a landowner you have a unique opportunity to take advantage of this need for new lease agreements – especially when it comes to small cell towers.

So, what have we learned here today? Well, first I’m sure you’re craving Mediterranean food thanks to our word of the day… petabyte. Second, we’ve learned that as a landowner you have a great opportunity to make some money from the road-tripping Netflixers of the world who have an adverse fear to buffering. List your property on today to see if there is a microcell opportunity available for you.