Cell towers are typically a steel pole or tall structure that rises to more than a hundred feet in the air. Cell towers are used widely around the world. These towers receive the signals and transmit them so that cell phone users can enjoy the benefits of their hi-tech cell phones. Cell towers come in various shapes and sizes. Some may not be as tall as others, but they are as effective. These cell towers can also be camouflaged to look like a tree so that the natural beauty of the area is not ruined.
Range of the Cell Phone Tower
Contrary to popular belief, the range with which a cell phone can connect is not a fixed figure. It varies depending on a number of factors including, the frequency of the signal that is being used and power of the transmitter etc. Cell towers are placed in areas of high population density. A cell phone tower can handle a limited number of calls at a time. This affects the spacing between two cell towers.
Cellular networks are designed to create mass communication solution from limited channels. To overcome this drawback, it becomes necessary to repeat and use the channels at different locations. Cell phone towers are intentionally set at a lower rate so that they cover a small area. This is done to avoid overloading the channels with calls from a wider area.
Geo-Location of Cell Towers
Cellular geo-location is still in the developing stage, it is not as developed as the GPS. The precision depends on the location of the cell. Cellular geo-location will be more precise if you are closer to three cell phone towers.
In case of a Power Cut
There are always emergency power measures undertaken to prevent signal loss in the event of a power cut at cell tower site.