Italians are main the revolution in 5G antenna masts
The new generation of antenna masts not only has antennas, but also surveillance cameras, charging options for electric bicycles and digital advertising pillars. This is not just a matter of the future. The columns have been in use in China for two years and were designed and supplied by the Italian company Calzavara.
This week, in northern Italy, the company opened a permanent showroom it calls Laboratory, which showcases the different types of smart towers to interested European parties. The Poles are already convinced. The first tower was installed in Warsaw on behalf of T-Mobile.
The intelligent tower in Warsaw © Calzavara
“The smart is the future,” says Miguel Baccari, Marketing Manager at Calzavara. “The introduction of 5G heralds a technical revolution. Higher frequencies and lower transmission rates mean more antennas. “The antennas in question are 12 meters high, smaller than we are used to today and – depending on the population density – are set up about every 200 to 300 meters. The towers can be multifunctional due to the antenna density.
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“Traditional masts only contain antennas and are passive, so to speak. The new generation of masts are active, intelligent, and capable of delivering all kinds of digital services, including technologies we haven’t even heard of. “There is also the idea of smart towers that can become, for example, turnstiles for drones that deliver home deliveries. Calzavara also has an even smaller selection of masts that can also be used as light masts on public roads (9 meters high).
The new model of the “active” antenna, which Calzavara markets under the name Dicecell, also has an impact on the structure of the “mast market”. Specialized companies, tower operators, are currently renting the masts to one or more telecommunications companies. The only function of the masts is that they are part of a telecommunications network.
The new generation of masts can also be operated by other users. “You can imagine a supermarket that has its own parking lot with a mast installed on it. It can monitor the premises, but it can also provide other services such as telecommunications, of course, ”says Baccari.
Pine tree tower
Calzavara has been in the world of transmission and telecommunications towers for 50 years. At the end of the 20th century, the company gained a lot of attention for wrapping masts and even converting them into a “pine”. The company also hires designers to build masts.
Read here how other companies also access “active” antennas.