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Telecom infrastructure – adapting to new demands

The world of communications is evolving. In fact Long-Term Evolution (LTE) is the next step in telecom wireless. This 4th generation technology is designed to enable a true broadband experience over mobile networks globally. It's important for carriers to review their telecom infrastructure in light of these developments so that they can be best placed to deliver high-performance and high-profit networks for consumers.

The first stage of infrastructure development

The first place that telecom companies need to spend time is on the physical towers that will support the rest of their new networks. They'll want to evaluate providers on the basis of the range and quality they can supply.

The ideal provider should be able to offer:

Self-sufficient towers – these are 3 or 4 footed (triangle or square formation) cell sites that can operate independently of other constructions. These should be modular for the greatest level of scalability as some sites can demand heights of up to 120m for effective operation.

Mobile towers – sometimes it's all about how fast a solution can be deployed. A vehicle can be fitted so that it acts as a temporary cell site. These are simple and effective to get on air and can often start processing signals within 2 hours of arriving on site.

Monopoles – these are normally attached to existing structures (particularly in urban areas) to offer the best value solution to providing high levels of coverage in areas of dense population.

Bespoke solutions – to encompass those areas of every network where an “out of the box” approach simply won't work. It's a good idea to have a “one stop shop” for infrastructure – to keep maintenance costs to a minimum.

Rapid-deployment permanent solutions – these can often be more cost-effective long-term than tying up mobile resources.

Almost all telecom wireless will be migrating to LTE in the next few years, and that means every telco in the world will need to review its telecom infrastructure at this point in time. The winners in the race to win over the mobile broadband customer – will be those that roll out their networks in the most cost effective manner.