Why antenna installation doesn’t have to be the hot-button issue
There was once a time when people thought that improving mobile phone reception meant lifting their phone into the sky. Fortunately, things have improved vastly since those days.
But with network improvements, new problems have arisen – specifically, concerns about the aesthetics.
Network operators improve reception by both installing low-power small cells and improving their high power macro network. To improve the macro network either more equipment has to be added at a given location or new locations need to be added.
When adding equipment to a macro location on tall buildings things can start looking messy. Property owners and the community are now more sensitive about aesthetics. Rather than adding more antennas, a great solution is to remove existing, messy antennas and replace them with a single streamlined antenna canister that does the work of the old and the new proposed antennas.
When adding a new macro location no one wants an old fashion lattice tower that looks like it was made from a child’s Erector Set. Communities prefer sleek mono-poles with streamlined antenna solutions at the top. In addition, if a macro site is to be added to a rooftop a streamlined antenna solution is much more likely to be approved by property owners and the community.
“The visual impact of mobile technology infrastructure across the board has definitely rocked the boat where community planning is concerned. People want these modern conveniences, but don’t want to pay for it by destroying the look of their communities, towns and cities – nor should they have to,” Alpha Wireless Chairman and CEO Fergal Lawlor says.
“Meeting that goal is the driving force behind Alpha Wireless. We want to ensure that when it came to improving technology, it isn’t a choice between what works well and what looks good.”
AltaFlex, a problem solver
It is hardly surprising that antennas are such a hot issue; not a week goes by without a news headline regarding the latest battle between community and mobile operator over proposed network buildout.
“The good news is that there are network antenna solutions available to the market place that have been developed and are constantly improving to resolve issues particular to community and environmental aesthetics,” Alpha Wireless CCO Brad McManus says.
“Whether it be pole-top or roof-top by replacing panel antennas with a single AltaFlex AW3363, one can add network capacity while beautifying the macro cell site making the RF planner, property owner and community happy.”