Originally published on Mission Loc@l

The Royan Hotel on the corner of 15th and Valencia streets offers formidable views, but the tenants with the best view are 11 wireless antennas hidden away in the penthouse – a solution to placate the aesthetic objections that can make city approval far more unlikely.

Three more panel antennas could join them on the penthouse roof if the Planning Commission approves a T-Mobile proposal. It’s unclear what will happen, but the debate at the Planning Commission on Thursday is one that will be repeated hundreds of times over the next five years in San Francisco and thousands of times across the country as wireless carriers vie to expand. Each antenna represents another victory in a market worth $160 billion as of  Dec. 2010, according to the CTIA Wireless Association.

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