Civic Body ‘stops’ Setting Up Of Cellphone Towers

PSB OKs Putney village cell tower

Cellular operators warn that this could affect cellphone connectivity at a time users are increasing by the thousands every month. There could also be a rise in call drop cases, they say. Civic officials told TOI that no applications to install new cell towers are being admitted since a policy on towers is in the works. “The draft is ready and will be rolled out in a couple of weeks, after which new plans will be sanctioned,” said a senior civic official. A senior member of the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) said, “It is ridiculous that the BMC is not accepting a single application for new mobile towers in Mumbai. Recently, it has refused to accept 78 applications from cell tower companies.” COAI members want NOCs to be granted for the towers. “If the civic body does not accept applications, the towers cannot be installed at all. This will be against the interests of lakhs of consumers who depend on cell phones daily and for whom call drops are a frustrating experience,” said a COAI source. Sources from the telecom industry said the applications were from various cellular providers. They usually outsource the job of setting up and managing cell towers for companies like Airtel , Vodafone, Idea and Loop to tower infrastructure companies such as Indus, a source said.
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We’re working on plans to remove all of them.” Cruise said the city will be looking at cell phone towers of other companies, particularly T-Mobile , which uses a frequency that might also interfere with police radios. Oakland and the Federal Communications Commission had been investigating the police radio communications problems. The city mapped locations of radio blackouts, said Cruise, who was hired on Aug. 2, partly to help resolve the issues. Public safety priority An analysis of the maps led investigators to believe cell phone interference was playing a role. The FCC confirmed the interference on Thursday. The next night, AT&T shut down tower lease agreements the problem frequency. FCC rules give public safety agencies priority in communications, according to city officials. AT&T cell towers emit three different frequencies – 850 MHz, 1900 MHz and 700 MHz – said John Britton , a company spokesman. In addition, it operates three different cellular networks – 2G, 3G and 4G. The company temporarily shut down the 850 MHz frequency for 2G customers.
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Cellular tower sharing

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“We are pleased that the Public Service Board approved this temporary tower as we work hard to finalize the permanent tower which will provide significantly expanded service to our customers.” Earlier this year AT&T customers saw a significant drop in cell service after the company lost its roaming arrangement with Verizon, which owns the equipment in New Hampshire that AT&T was using to reach its customers in Putney. AT&T came before the Selectboard in September saying it was seeking a Certificate of Public Good to put up the temporary tower in the village while it looks for a more permanent tower site on elevated land outside the town center. Putney officials rejected the company’s original application, saying the tower violated the town’s cell tower zoning ordinance. The Selectboard and Planning Commission were also concerned with the company’s claim that the village tower would only be temporary. Ultimately the town did not support the application, though AT&T did make changes to the PSB application based on what was said at a public meeting that was held. The tower will be set back a little farther from the road than the original application showed, and the CPG also stipulates that the tower is temporary and will be removed within 18 months of its installation. “In the end it was a really great process,” Town Manager Cynthia Stoddard said after learning that the application was approved. “People who came to the meeting felt like the company listened to the board, and they were able to come up with some solutions based on what our concerns were.” Keyser said the temporary tower will go up relatively quickly and should be in service before Thanksgiving. Keyser also said AT&T was very close to finalizing a deal for the permanent tower, though he declined to give details on the location. The temporary tower will mostly improve service in the immediate vicinity of downtown Putney, but he said the permanent tower should help improve the service for AT&T customers who live outside the village and who have been living with diminished cell phone coverage. He said the new permanent tower should be able to be constructed within the 18-month time frame that the PSB gave for the temporary tower in the village.
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Commission Approves Eight New Cell Towers

Ms. Braleys presentation on the first tower to be considered, which was 2013Z03, a cell tower to be placed on Hwy. 16 west. Former commissioner Mary Patrick was the first to speak during the opposition portion of the public hearing. Mrs. Patrick said she has a real problem with the application…everything they are supposed to do has not been done. She also said she hoped we did not need to hear the 15-minute explanation of conditions on every application. She questioned why the county is giving approval with so many conditions. Mr.
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Oakland police radio culprit: cell towers

Better still, the operators get paid for the tower assets so both get a handy CAPEX benefit as well as OPEX savings. Eaton believes the OPEX saving is north of 20%. Its about price but its also got to be a long-term relationship. Youre part of the operational capability so SLAs and quality standards are all built in. The quickest, easiest and cheapest way to roll-out is to co-locate and this will make us valuable to operators. We will look at where it makes sense to roll-out by adding new towers. The tower sharing company can also deal with things like 3G data roll-outs where new sites and equipment may be needed. In the rest of the world, it has mainly been new builds. But in the States, operators sold their towers to tower operating companies and we saw this as a likely development in the African market. So who are the competitors on the continent?:The landscape has changed a fair bit since we started. Originally there was only Helios Towers in Nigeria but its now gone out into other African markets. Weve also seen American Towers in one or two countries like South Africa and Ghana but not in the more out of the way places.
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