What are the types of communication towers?
Thanks to the growing popularity of cell phones over the past 15 years, communication towers can now be seen almost anywhere. It's worth noting, however, that not all cell towers are created equal. There are four different types of communication towers that can be used to transmit cellular signals. Depending on your specific use, many different types of cell towers can be installed - the most common of which are guyed towers.
What is a guyed tower?
Guyed Tower Construction A guyed tower is a light to heavy duty communication tower built from straight bars arranged in a triangle but supported by wires at all angles. Guyed towers are exceptionally tall, up to 2,000 feet in height, and are often used to secure antennas higher off the ground to improve signal strength and cell reception.
In addition to cellular use, they can also be used for radio and television purposes. They are ideal for rural customers who need maximum height at economical cost.
A single tubular mast makes up this type of cellular tower; due to the instability associated with using a single mast, these structures do not exceed 200 feet in height. The advantage of this tower type is that it requires little ground space for installation and the antenna only needs to be mounted on the top exterior of the mast.
Also known as "self-supporting towers," lattice towers are usually made of steel and constructed in a triangular or square shape. These towers typically have the highest stability and flexibility compared to other types of cell phone towers.
Stealth towers can be deployed to meet zoning regulations. They are more expensive than other towers because they require additional materials to create the appearance of concealment. Their smaller size generally reduces their efficiency.
Have you ever seen a painted metal tree standing tall next to a highway? This is an example of a common invisible tower. This type of structure is used when the tower needs to be hidden in plain sight. They're designed in such a way as to ensure they blend in with their surroundings, as many people consider exposed cell towers to be ugly, or an intrusion. These towers can take the shape of many other objects, such as signs, flagpoles, and even cacti!
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