2011 to Today
2015American Tower acquires the exclusive right to 11,448 wireless communications sites from Verizon Communications Inc., increasing the U.S. tower count to approximately 40,000. The Company also continued developing internationally, launching operations in Nigeria and expanding the global portfolio to over 99,000 sites.
2014American Tower CEO Jim Taiclet is recognized for the third time (2011, 2013 and 2014) by the Harvard Business Review as one of the 100 top-performing CEOs in the world.
2013American Tower acquires Global Tower Partners, the largest privately owned tower operator in the U.S. This increased U.S. owned sites by over 20% and also added Costa Rica to the Company's served markets.
2012American Tower becomes a REIT and begins paying regular dividend distributions to stockholders. The Company reached the historic milestone of 50,000 communications sites and launches operations in Uganda and Germany.
2011American Tower announces its intentions to become a Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT). The Company also expands in South Africa and Ghana.
2006 to 2010
2010American Tower grows substantially, launching operations in Peru, Chile and Colombia. The Company also joins the Bloomberg Businessweek 50.
2009American Tower focuses its efforts on enhancing operations and customer service in the United States while continuing to look for global opportunities.
2007American Tower joins the S&P 500, and opens its first office outside of the Americas in New Delhi, India.
2001 to 2005
2005American Tower merges with one of its closest competitors, SpectraSite, Inc., creating the largest tower company in the United States.
2002American Tower shifts operational focus from acquiring and developing towers to improving operations. This leads to the sale of American Tower’s ancillary businesses in 2003 and the sale of the construction services unit in 2004.
1995 to 2000
2000Growth and acquisition remains the main business focus and American Tower continues to grow quickly, launching operations in Brazil.
1999American Tower launches operations in Mexico and become Mexico’s largest independent tower operator with more than 3,000 sites.
1998American Tower’s parent company – American Radio – is sold to CBS/Viacom and American Tower is spun off into a separate company. The Company goes public under the NYSE as “AMT”.
1995American Tower starts off as a subsidiary of American Radio and begins to grow through acquisitions.