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Colo Atl GM, Founder to reflect on anniversary of Colo Atl acquisition at DICE Southeast 2020

Nearly one year after the acquisition of Colo Atl by American Tower, key players who have made the transition a success are set to address the acquisition in a panel discussion at the Bisnow Datacenter Investment Conference & Expo (DICE) Southeast 2020 on March 5 in Atlanta. 

American Tower, one of the leading operators and developers of wireless infrastructure, acquired Colo Atl last year, making it its first foray into the data center space. John Ghirardelli, General Manager of Colo Atl and Director, U.S. Innovation for American Tower; and Tim Kiser, Founder of Colo Atl and present Consultant, will join a panel discussing the acquisition and the convergence of digital infrastructure. 

Data Centers and Digital Infrastructure

The panel, “The Next Wave: The Convergence of Data Centers and Digital Infrastructure,” will cover the symbiotic relationship between cellular towers and data centers. As the rise of 5G paves the way for IoT, smart cities, smart manufacturing and more, the need for providing services closer to end users will grow. In their panel, Ghirardelli and Kiser will discuss the trend between cell towers and data centers, as well as the strategy behind American Tower’s acquisition of Colo Atl. Hunter Newby, Owner, Newby Ventures, will provide insight from an investor’s perspective.

Panel Discussion Points Include:


  • The trend of wireless operators exploring data center operations.
  • How edge computing increases demand in wireless and data center infrastructure.
  • The convergence of data centers and digital infrastructure creating denser networks within cities.
  • Integration trends between data centers, telecom towers and antennas.


The panel takes place at 1 p.m. 

Bisnow DICE Southeast 

The third annual Bisnow DICE Southeast event brings together professionals of varying backgrounds, including data center operators, enterprise end users, colocation providers and engineers, in one of the top data center markets in the U.S. Attendees will learn about new data center technologies, tech-driven relationships between the private sector and public educational institutions, the role of data centers in smart cities and more.

To register or learn more about the event, visit https://www.bisnow.com/events/atlanta/datacenter-investment-conference-expo-dice-southeast-2020-3341 

For more information on Colo Atl, visit https://www.coloatl.com.

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