Aug 22, 2022 - 03:32 AM
There is an extensive business in decommissioning cell sites. And many cell sites have been or are being decommissioned lately- especially given the T-Mobile Sprint merger, which will cause 25,000 sites to be turned down. I suspect that there are large vendors, though, that have a contract with T-Mobile to do the decommissioning work. Those vendors then subcontract the actual site decoms to sub-contractors. The equipment removed from the site is likely consolidated and sold to the highest bidder.
Some of the equipment is then sold to carriers in second and third-world nations to be reused, while the equipment which no longer has any value is torn apart and recycled/salvaged.
Unfortunately, I don't know what firms are doing this or how someone would get involved in that side of the industry. The best suggestion would be to contact T-Mobile contracting and inquire whether they can put you in touch with their vendors who handle the decommissioning work.
Hope this helps.