President - Terabonne, Inc.
* Electrical Engineering, Oregon State University
* Juris Doctorate, Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark
* Executive Director, T-Mobile Engineering, Real Estate Development and Operations
Tung Bui, President of Terabonne, Inc., spent his entire professional career in the telecommunications industry. He began his career in the wireless industry right when the FCC first auctioned wireless spectrum licenses in 1995. This was Day 1 of the modern-day cell phone industry. Tung served as executive director at Western Wireless, which grew to become T-Mobile, where he was responsible for the RF engineering, real estate leasing, zoning, construction, and network deployment across the West Coast, then expanded to top 50 markets in the US.
Terabonne’s team of industry experts are passionate about delivering professional services and obtaining the very best results for our clients. Our team includes engineers, leasing and zoning experts, survey CAD technicians, attorneys and paralegals, and property/project managers whose every move gets our clients closer to success.
With an electrical engineering degree from Oregon State University, a law degree from Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark, and fourteen years as executive director for T-Mobile, Tung founded Terabonne to help wireless carriers design and deploy their cell tower infrastructures. In 2015, Tung shifted Terabonne’s focus to serve only wireless property owners when it was clear the market lacked true wireless industry experts with insider experience who can properly represent property owners against giants such as AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Crown Castle, and American Tower Corporation. Today, armed with a team of engineers, legal staff, lease negotiators, and project/property managers, Terabonne is the industry leader and the authority when it comes to representing cell tower property owners.
The combination of Terabonne’s engineering, legal, operational, real estate, construction and computer-aided design (CAD) services provide Terabonne's team the confidence to stand toe-to-toe with any wireless carriers, any engineers, any issues, at any locations in the US. Our depth of expertise and passion often exceed that personnel retained by wireless carriers, giving us the technical edge to advance our clients’ interests.
Tung Bui was among a group of young entrepreneurs starting up a new wireless industry in the ‘90s. Early wireless leaders had to hire and train a technical staff to build a non-existent industry. There were about 55 startup companies building wireless operations around the country. Mergers and acquisitions were widespread as companies sought to grow faster in order to offer greater cell coverage. The dust settled by 2020, leaving only three national wireless companies (AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile). Having been part of the leadership team that made changes in the wireless industry impacting business practices ranging from cell tower lease rates to engineering designs, Tung applies this invaluable experience to benefit Terabonne’s clients.
Today, Terabonne only represents property owners by applying our insider knowledge to maximize our clients’ wireless property values. Many cell tower leases that landlords signed with T-Mobile were countersigned by Tung in his capacity as its final approver of thousands of tower and rooftop leases. He knows the business from every angle. If your cell tower or rooftop leasing opportunity requires the attention of specialists, you should not hesitate teaming with the leading professionals in the wireless industry.
At eight years old Tung was selling cigarettes in the streets of Bien Hoa, Vietnam. At the fall of Saigon in 1975, his brother-in-law, a blond-haired blue-eyed 22-year-old American US Air Force GI used his contacts to sneak Tung’s family out of Saigon. Tung, his parents, and his seven siblings embarked on a three-month journey to Astoria, Oregon to begin their new life in America. After high school, Tung pursued an electrical engineering degree. Tung attended law school while holding a full time job with US WEST Communications performing various engineering roles with the phone company. Soon after graduating from law school, Tung was promoted to the position of Director of Technology Planning with USWEST Communications in Denver, Colorado to apply his expertise in engineering and law in the new era of modern telecommunications.
In 1994, wireless excitement circulated in the telecommunications industry. The industry’s dream of having every American owning affordable cell phones became a reality. In 1995, Tung was recruited by Western Wireless in Seattle, Washington to build out wireless infrastructures across multiple markets as fast as possible. Tung jumped at the chance to join the start-up company, which became T-Mobile five years later. During Tung’s 14-year tenure with T-Mobile, he made significant contributions to its infrastructure by building and expanding cell towers and rooftop sites across the US.
In the depth of winter, Tung enjoys catching Dungeness crabs in the Seattle Puget Sound and hunting deer and elk on Terabonne’s clients’ properties.
One of Terabonne’s clients is Nuveen Natural Resources, a TIAA Company (Teachers’ Insurance and Annuity Association with $1.3 trillion dollars in assets) that owns a substantial amount of timberland running along the coastline of Oregon and Washington. Tung is very fortunate and grateful to be able to hunt on our clients’ lands and the occasional reward of nature’s original organic meats the land has to offer.
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A ROFR grants the tower owner the right to match an offer by some third party who makes an offer to purchase your lease that you accept.
Crown Castle, American Tower ATC, SBA Towers are the “Big Three” tower companies.
Attorneys retained by wireless carriers authorized to review legal terms but never allowed to negotiate financial nor technical terms of the lease because they lack the technincal skills.
A person who specializes in land use matters well knowledgeable in its jurisdictional requirements.
A person hired by the wireless carrier to contact property owners to discuss lease terms. This role has evolved to be landlord facing rather than lease negotiations.
Geographical areas depicted in a circle (ring) drawn by radio frequency (RF) engineers defining the areas requiring new cell towers and technical parameters surrounding such designs.
Companies who build towers and lease back to wireless carriers. These companies almost always receive Search Rings from wireless carriers defining where carriers need towers to be built.
Radio Frequency engineers who specialize in the radio wave propagation. These are the engineers to define cell tower locations.
Companies that purchase cell tower leases with the purpose of repackaging (aggregating) them in a larger portfolio and selling them for a profit at a later time.