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What You Need to Know about Communication Towers

Jul. 09, 2022


Ensuring adequate coverage in the service area is the most important consideration when determining the location of a communications tower. Finding a landowner willing to build the development is another important part of site selection. The developer must also consult with the local land use authority (municipality), as there may be policies specific to communications tower siting/consultation.

Cost of the tower

A common question we receive from property owners or investors is, "What is the cost of a cell tower?" . As with the construction of any improvement, the answer is usually - depending on the situation. Cellular companies can build pull towers, monopole antennas, invisible artificial trees, or mount antennas to the exterior walls of buildings.

First, all cell towers require electricity and a landline phone. The cost of pulling utility and/or phone lines from the street or nearby property will be included in the project cost. Sometimes the local utility company will cover the cost of pulling the power, which is good news for the operator.

Depending on materials, construction, labor, etc., the average estimate for cell tower construction may range from $100 thousand to $350 thausand.

What You Need to Know about Communication Towers

5G Cellular Towers

5G towers are telecommunications sites capable of transmitting 5G "new radio" signals for wide area coverage. They are typically 50 to 200 feet tall and are designed to blend into the natural environment to limit aesthetic impact.

5G cell towers use a combination of low, medium and high frequency bands for a variety of connectivity use cases. For example, macro cellular antennas can be mounted on towers to effectively provide low-band cellular coverage to millions of devices over a large area. Low-band 5G can travel great distances and penetrate walls, windows and other physical barriers.


Communication tower erection services build many different types of towers.

Concealed towers are attractive, unobtrusive antenna support structures that are used to provide wireless coverage. Bionic tree towers look like trees in appearance.

Folded towers are bent at regular intervals to allow access to installed equipment.

Guyed wire towers use tie wires to support antennas and communications equipment used for telecommunications, radio transmission, cellular and wireless applications.

Mobile towers may include telescoping towers that tilt up or fold down. They are suitable for emergency communications, two-way radios, remote base stations and cellular on wheels (COW) applications.

Guard towers are used for surveillance, entertainment and construction.

Communications tower erection services also build rooftop towers, self-supporting towers, and telescopic or crank towers.

The size, design and height of the communications tower will depend on the needs of the area. Communications cabins are typically approximately 12' x 12' feet and towers can be anchored with concrete posts or tie wires. The size of the site itself will vary. Landowners may require the use of shrubs or trees to limit aesthetic impact on the surrounding area.

Communication towers will remain in place for many years. The life of the structure itself may range from 10 to 30 years and may change as technology advances.

What You Need to Know about Communication Towers

Inspection Projects

Some communication tower erection services perform acquisition, acceptance, extreme load and additional load inspections. Acquisition inspections verify the suitability of existing buildings, structures, designs and equipment. Acceptance inspections ensure that new towers are vertical and that tensioning wires are properly tensioned. As part of the acceptance inspection, the communications tower erection service also checks anchor lines, bolt torque and tower shaft material. The extreme load check is performed after the tower has been subjected to extreme loads due to high winds or extreme weather. An additional load check is used to determine if the existing tower can handle the additional load. Thereafter, communication tower erection services are periodically inspected for compliance with state and local codes.

If you are looking for a manufacturer to help you design and install your telecommunication towers, please contact JIAYAO.

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