Telecom towers may seem trìvial, but they play an important role in contributing to the infrastructural development of every country (especially developing countries). Also known as mobile towers or cell towers, telecom towers are one of the most important types of utility towers.
If you see any medium-height tower that has one or more transmitters and receivers installed on it, it’s likely a telecom tower. Due to the increased demand of telecom networks for residential as well as commercial connectivity, telecom towers now have wider availability. Modern telecom towers are easy to install as well. Got you intrigued already? Check out these 5 interesting facts to learn more about modern telecom towers:
Telecom towers form the backbone of telecommunication networks
If there’s one crucial aspect that makes it possible for engineers to deploy telecommunication networks of all scales, it’s telecom towers. Modern telecom towers are designed to house different types of signal transmitters and receivers that can help establish the required telecommunication network in all types of terrain.
It’s using telecom towers that engineers can meet the signal point requirements essential to establishing a telecommunication network of the particular scale the given project demands. Modern telecom towers are designed in such a way that they help engineers overcome most types of challenges that lurk within the telecommunication network-establishment sphere.
Different types of telecom towers
Did you know that there’s not just one but several types of telecom towers? Telecom network providers and engineers choose the type of telecom towers based on the project requirements. The different types of telecom towers include lattice towers, monopole towers, guyed towers, self-support towers, and camouflage towers.
Lattice towers are one of the most common types of telecom towers. These types of telecom towers are usually designed with triangular or rectangular base steel lattices. One of the biggest highlights of lattice telecom towers is their compatibility. Lattice telecom towers also allow easy installation of multiple panels and/or dish antennas. Monopole and guyed towers are two other types of telecom towers that are usually preferred by telecom engineers.
Primary types of sites for telecom towers
Telecom towers work inline with the cell site setup to maintain proper signal flow within the given telecommunication network. What’s interesting to know is there’s not just one but several types of telecom network sites.
Some of the cell site types that are usually preferred by engineers include cell tower grid and rooftop sites. Cell towers grids consist of more than one telecom towers. Engineers usually choose cell tower grids for telecommunication network projects that have high bandwidth requirements. Rooftop sites are the common site type choice for establishing telecom networks in semi-urban and rural areas. In most rooftop sites, telecom towers house three sets of antennas that are mounted at 120 degree intervals from each other.
Telecom tower installation frauds
Like in many sectors, there are fraudulent practices in the telecom tower sector. Telecommunication network providers usually pay security, installation, and rent charges to property owners for installing rooftop telecom towers in order to broaden or consolidate their telecom networks. The property owners receive monthly or annual tower rent charges from the telecommunication network providers.
However, frauds take advantage of this process. There have been a large number of cases where frauds disguise themselves as telecom network providers and allure property owners into signing up for false tower installation contracts. Such fraud companies trick property owners into paying large sums of money. Given the significant impact that these kind of fraudulent practices have had on the telecom tower sector, telecom network providers now include a detailed notice on their websites to lower the risk of property owners getting tricked into paying large sums of money.
Modern telecom towers require the least maintenance
Modern telecom towers are designed in such a way that they don’t require heavy maintenance. This, in turn, helps telecom network providers and engineers cut down the expenses involved in regular maintenance.
Modern telecom towers are designed to have a long working life as well. Many types of modern telecom towers have a modular design which makes it easy for engineers to install or remove different types of antennas (as per the requirements of the project).