Colo Atl Acquisition Doesn’t Mean American Tower Is All-In on Data Centers…Yet | Up-Close with John Ghirardelli at CAPRE’s Atlanta Data Center Summit

ATLANTA, GA – CAPRE’s Fourth Annual Greater Atlanta Data Center Summit cast a wide net to cover all of the latest deals and development in the Peach State, and one of the most highly anticipated panels of the day dove deep into one such transaction. “Greater Atlanta Acquisition of the Year: A Fireside Chat with American Tower and Colo Atl” featured John Ghirardelli, Director - U.S. Innovation, American Tower and Timothy Kiser, current Owner of Kiser Consulting and former owner of Colo Atl, which he sold to American Tower earlier this year. Early on in the discussion, after Kiser offered some perspective from his many years in the data center industry, Ghirardelli was asked to opine on a few topics at the top of the data center industry’s collective mind – the changing concept of commercial real estate, and the roll out of 5G. “John, are data centers commercial real estate, infrastructure, or something else?” asked Moderator Brian Klebash, Founder and CEO of CAPRE. “Part of my role is to look at the digital infrastructure landscape and understand how that ecosystem comes together, how the value chain exists today, and more importantly, how it will exist in the future,” replied Ghirardelli. “We view ourselves as a pretty passive infrastructure owner and operator. This is a very adjacent industry to towers – we’re basically providing space and power, vertically on towers and horizontally on data centers.” In other words, there are…