March 9, 2016

Types of Towers in Telecom

Types of Towers in TelcomMany companies find themselves with the need to continuously expand their cell phone services to accommodate the ever-increasing connectivity demands. In areas where network congestion is a problem, understanding which types of towers in telecom are right for business is important and can result in better signals and reception.

Tower Demands

RCRwireless News recently posted an articles about Powering Cell Towers: Improving efficiency, reliability, and scalability in tower power systems, they note: “Global climate change is driving the evolution of renewable green energy, new government regulations, and more effective disaster preparedness. And let’s not forget Internet of Things (IoT). IoT can only scale up to the massive scale required if cheap, reliable power is available on demand. In networks, much like real estate, the key is location, location, location. When planning for new network capacity, whether retrofits, acquisitions, or greenfield builds, location of cell towers is absolutely essential.”

Location and types of towers go hand-in-hand.

Different Types of Towers in Telecom

There are two main types of towers for supporting antennas for mobile communication antenna: self-support towers and guyed masts.

Self-Supporting Towers

Self-supporting towers offer the most possibilities compared to other types of telecom towers and are considered appropriate for nearly all wireless communication applications. These towers are freestanding structures and are available in different designs such as the 3-legged triangular and 4-legged square lattice-type structures. Their designs are ideal for cellular towers, wireless internet towers, broadcast towers, radio towers, and more.

Guyed Masts

Guyed towers are some of the most economical telecom towers. They can often be seen as slender steel structures and generally don’t require a huge foundation which can save a business on costs. Commonly seen in the tower industry, guyed towers are designed to provide maximum strength, efficiency and versatility with easy installation. They are optimized and preferred for cellular sites, supported by guy wires and designed with the ability to carry light to heavy antenna loads.

Tower Designs

It’s important to take into consideration a few factors when choosing which telecom tower will best suit your project such as design, tower height, location, environment and weight. In our recent post, “Different Types of Telecom Towers: Which Design is Right for Your Site?,” we detailed out the differences between lattice towers, guyed towers, monopole towers, camouflage towers, self-support towers and mobile cell towers.

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