What is a phone mast?
A phone mast can have various different names for example, cell tower, mobile phone mast site, mobile base station, radio tower. Phone masts are typically made from galvanised steel and are required to provide signals to and from mobile devices such as phones, computers and tablets. A phone mast transmits and receives signals normally via antennae systems, microwave dishes and other electronic communications equipment, which can include cabins, cabinets, feeder cables, racks, RRU´s (Remote Radio Units), fibre optic cables and specific hardware and software needed to allow the current UK licenced mobile phone operators to provide 2G, 3G, 4G and 5G signals to their customers.
The geographic area that a phone mast provides coverage to is called a cell. These cells then connect into what is called a cellular network. Phone masts generally have a life span of around 30 years and are subject to annual health and safety checks, so they are maintained properly and safe to climb.
There are several different types of phone masts: