National RCN & RCNLD Models

By: Stephen Mok, Director of Innovation at CostQuest.

Clients:  AT&T, Verizon, Frontier

Staff:     Luis Rodriguez, Charlie Burkhardt, Bob Garringer

Model:  CostQuest RCN Model

CostQuest provides Valuation and Appraisal support using widely accepted appraisal methods, including cost, sales, and income-based analysis. Our strength lies in our ability to provide a clear-cut understanding of the best approach for the specific situation, the ability to provide powerful analytics, and the ability to provide a fair and impartial valuation. Our efforts have supported Mergers and Acquisitions, Financial Analysis, Insurance and Loan requirements, Regulatory efforts, Accounting, and Tax needs. As a key part of our service, we have access to and team with leading designated appraisers in the industry.

Our highly regarded Replacement Cost New (RCN) valuation model, index factors, and other related valuation services help clients understand and manage asset value better. As a widely accepted part of the valuation approach, Replacement Cost New (RCN) estimates the efficient cost of replacing an existing property with similar property with equal or greater functionality (or what is referred to as equal utility). CostQuest’s RCN addresses both the “efficient cost” and “equal utility” issues with a clear methodology, an impartial value story, and a flexible approach in how it mirrors your business rules.

What sets CostQuest apart is our use of detailed economic models. We actually engineer an efficient network to every service location for the wireline industry, much like how an engineer would lay out the network.   For the wireless industry, we model each cell site, determine the equipment requirements, and apply the costs as incurred in the industry. 

In the end, CostQuest’s valuations typically produce a more defensible value than methods based solely on book costs. This is due to several factors found in our detailed approach, including that our RCN model eliminates ghost assets (i.e., non-working assets that may remain on the books) and removes the overstated costs associated with multigenerational technology upgrades such as accumulated book investments associated with engineering, inspection, and permitting costs that build up over time. Our model provides for overall optimization of the network – as if the network were being built today.

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