Category Archives: Towers

100-foot Articulated Lattice Tower

Pepro has announced the availability of a 100-foot articulated lattice platform tower that combines the easy set up and antenna

Articulated Lattice Tower

Articulated Lattice Tower

placement of the Pepro monopole towers with a lattice design that offers far greater height and support for multiple antennas or dishes.

Because the tower features the Pepro patented articulated design, it can be deployed section-by-section rather than telescoped to its full height. That means antennas can be attached to any section before the tower is raised, or the tower can be lowered easily with the antennas attached, adjusted as needed and restored to full height. At no point do technicians need to climb the tower. Depending on the site location and configuration, the Pepro lattice platform tower will also save customers 30 to 40 percent of the cost versus standard towers.

The 100-foot lattice tower has a footprint of 30 feet by 34 feet, weighs 22,390 pounds and complies with the TIA-222-G standard. It comes with 12 leveling jacks and 24 Ufer ground pads. It is intended for use with Pepro’s stationary enclosures measuring 8 feet by 8 feet to 8 feet by 16 feet.

Pepro’s platform tower design reduces installation time, liability, equipment downtime and cost while increasing safety. A total site, tower and shelter, can be operational within two days of installation. Pepro platform towers are designed to eliminate concerns and simplify operations. www.peprollc.com

Articulated Lattice Tower

Tower Collapses Kill Three Men

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Two men were killed and two were injured when the tower they were working on collapsed, Feb. 1, outside of Clarksburg, W.Va. A firefighter also died when a second tower collapsed just minutes later after being weakened by the collapse of the first tower.

The tower was being worked on to deploy additional tenant equipment. The project was contracted by SBA Communications to an independent engineering firm, which in turn sub-contracted the work to S. and S. Communications Specialists, based in Oklahoma,” according to SBA spokesperson Lynne Hopkins.

The contractors, identified as Kyle Kirkpatrick, 32, and Terry Lee Richard, Jr., 27, both of Oklahoma, were both on a tower owned by SBA Communications repairing and removing old supports when the structure gave way. The third man killed, Michael Dale Garrett, 28, of Clarksburg, was with the Nutter Fort Volunteer Fire Department.

Three men were tethered at 70 feet and another at 20 feet above the ground when the accident occurred and were pinned underneath the wreckage.

“When the members of the fire department were approaching the [fallen] tower, a second, much smaller tower, collapsed,” Mark Waggamon, officer, W. Va. State Police, told TV channel 12 WBOY.

Two other contractors remain hospitalized with serious but non-life-threatening injuries, and a second firefighter was treated and released.

SBA Communications has employees on site participating in the investigation, helping Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to determine how and why the accident happened.

“At this time we do not know why the accident occurred,” Hopkins said in a prepared statement. “We are deeply saddened by this tragic event. Safety of and on our towers is and always will be a top priority at SBA. Please join us in keeping the deceased, injured and their families in our thoughts and prayers.”

WBOY.com: Clarksburg, Morgantown: News, Sports, Weather

Video Cams Assist in Copper Theft Arrests

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Video cameras mounted at a tower in Etowah County, Ala., alerted 911 dispatchers to trespassers at the site, Nov. 19, leading to the arrest of two suspects allegedly in the act of stealing copper.

Earlier this year video cameras were installed at the tower, which hosts the county’s dispatch radio repeaters and had been hit by copper thieves five times in the last three years.

Copper worth $800 had been removed from the ground. The defendants were each charged with one count of second degree theft of property, possession of burglary tools and a misdemeanor count of second degree criminal trespassing.  Dispatchers saw the break-in in real time on television monitors and alerted police officers who caught the suspects at the site.

Video surveillance was used by police in Columbiana, Ohio, on Oct. 7 to catch suspected copper thieves.  In this case, however, the suspects were caught on camera pulling copper wire from an electrical substation in broad daylight.

After receiving a tip, police advised YESCO electrical to install the video cameras, which when activated by motion sensors sends an email of the image to the user.

 

 

Copper Thieves Hit Towers Even as Copper Price Takes a Hit

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Copper theft continues to plague cell tower sites. The costs to carriers range from hundreds to thousands of dollars per incident, and ground wires and bars are the most frequent target of thieves. Oddly enough, these thefts persist even as the price of copper drops nearly 10 percent, in the face of a worldwide glut.

Copper prices are projected to further drop in 2014 as the surplus reaches a 13-year high in tonnage, according to data from Barclays  and the International Copper Study Group in Lisbon, as reported by Bloomberg News. Meanwhile, copper thieves still ply their trade. Here are some of the recent incidents:

  • Thieves stole $3,000 in copper plates and ground wire from a cell tower in Williams Township, Penn., state police reported on Oct. 11. Entry was made by breaching a gap in the fence behind the tower. Both AT&T and Verizon have antennas on the structure.
  • A copper theft at a Verizon cellular tower was discovered by an employee on Oct. 16, in Parsippany-Troy Hills Township, N.J. Four copper ground wires, two 6 feet in length and two 15 feet in length were cut and removed sometime between Sept. 9 and Oct. 15. The copper is valued at $800.
  • Another Verizon Wireless cellular tower was found with copper missing on Oct. 24 in Parsippany-Troy Hills. A copper ground bar and 5 ground cables, totaling a value of $1200 were stolen between Sept. 23 and Oct. 23. There were no signs of forced entry into the site.
  • Three people were arrested, Oct. 27, in Clarksburg, W.Va., and charged with 21 felony counts relating to copper theft from various cell towers.
  • Copper stolen from a cell tower in Spokane Valley, Wash., will cost $17,500 to replace, according to the Spokesman-Review. The theft from the site, which hosts equipment from AT&T, Nextel and Cricket, was discovered in mid-September. At least one of the grounding bars was stamped with a “Do Not Recycle” notice.

CTI Towers Secures $30M Debt Financing, Makes Tower Acquisition

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CTI Towers, a cell tower company, has secured up to $30 million in debt financing and closed its first third-party acquisition, purchasing five towers from a major wireless carrier.

CTI Towers was formed by Comcast Ventures, the venture capital affiliate of Comcast Corp., in the fall of 2011. It launched with a management contract for 800 towers that were previously owned and operated by Comcast Cable subsidiaries. To date, CTI has acquired 230 of the 800 towers that it manages.

The five-tower purchase was the first CTI has made outside of Comcast’s portfolio. The company has two more tower purchases currently in the pipeline, which will be funded through the debt financing.

CTI Towers plans to secure towers within strategic, high-demand regions. This acquisition continues CTI Towers’ growth strategy outside the Comcast portfolio

“We will continue to seek strategic acquisitions to fuel growth as the wireless industry responds to the demand for wireless broadband services,” Tony Peduto, CEO, CTI Towers, told AGL Bulletin.

CTI will continue to purchase assets from Comcast as they become available, in addition to acquiring third-party towers. Peduto does not foresee selling the portfolio to one of the big three in the near future. In fact, his goal is for CTI to be the fourth-largest tower company.

“We are in this for the long haul,” he said. “At the end of the day, when we get to a certain size we will need to decide whether to go public or stay private. It will also depend on the position of our equity stakeholders. It is going to take a lot of hard work to get [to number four] but that is a goal that we would love to achieve.”

Peduto said CTI Towers has no preference between organically grown towers and wireless carrier assets. Additionally, the company is interested in developing its own sites.

“It depends on the condition of the tower, the location of the structure and the competing structures,” he said. “We will continue to work with developers and carriers’ towers that are available.”

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The debt facility will allow CTI Towers, one of the top-10 largest U.S. tower operators, to accelerate its acquisitions. Previously, the company had no leverage.

“The tower industry was built on leverage,” Peduto said. “We thought it would be a good way to bring tower assets in without giving up any additional ownership.”

Peduto said his company was pleased with the interest rate they got for the money. The companies that have put debt facilities in place have gotten very aggressive. A lot of it is driven by low interest rates.