I don't know of anyone who actually likes the look of cell phone towers. Yes, they provide a valuable service, but no one wants one in their vista. While that might not be changing completely, at least Ericsson is considering aesthetics with its new "tower tube."
The Ericsson Tower Tube is a hollow flexible concrete tower that replaces current steel strictures entirely. With a bit of extra technology, Ericsson says that they've decreased the footprint of towers, decreased the price of construction, decreased carbon emissions from tower materials 20% and adopted several possible designs that really are almost pleasant to look at.
Sounds to me like a winning situation for Ericsson, and I hope to see them replacing some cell towers in scenic areas soon. Full press release after the jump.
I think we can assume from these press photos that Ericsson plans on isntalling Tower Tubes in areas that are particularly picturesque...and preferably during a sunset.
Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) today unveils an innovative radio base station site concept that is not only better for the environment but more cost-efficient to adopt and run, and more attractive to look at.
The modern design, from renowned Scandinavian architect Thomas Sandell, is a completely new approach to site architecture - the 5m-diameter, 40m-high flexible concrete tower encapsulates all radio base station equipment, including the antennas.
The aesthetics of the site concept, named the Ericsson Tower Tube, have been further enhanced by the choice of construction materials. The flexible concrete tower can be colored and branded to the operator's specific needs to either blend in with its surroundings or become an attractive landmark for the local community.
And the concrete itself has a lower environmental impact than traditional steel, producing 30 percent less CO2 emissions during production and transportation.
Diverging from standard design, the radio base station is placed at the top of the tower cutting the distance between it and the antenna. This gives capacity and coverage benefits for the cellular network and can together with the fact that no active cooling is needed reduce energy consumption up to 40 percent.
Furthermore, as the new design occupies less land, 60-75 percent less than conventional sites, site acquisition is easier. Being a self-contained structure, operators can also avoid the need for security fences and the cost of maintaining and patrolling them.
Ulf Ewaldsson, Vice President and Head of Product Area Radio, Ericsson, says: "The appearance of radio base station sites has not really been considered before. They have essentially been a steel tower and a container surrounded by a chain-link fence.
"With this new approach, we not only create a more attractive look for this essential piece of community architecture, but we have also developed a design that is better for the environment and more cost-efficient to run."
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Find more about the Ericsson Tower Tube at:
www.ericsson.com/towertube (Will be available from15.00 CET today)
Ericsson is shaping the future of Mobile and Broadband Internet communications through its continuous technology leadership. Providing innovative solutions in more than 140 countries, Ericsson is helping to create the most powerful communication companies in the world.
Read more at: www.ericsson.com
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