Saturday 4 July 2015

Disguising Small Cells in Rural areas

Bethlehem Middle School student Jeremy Luzinski, center, holds a sign Sunday to protest the planned construction of a cell phone tower a few hundred feet from the Eagle Elementary School, which is behind him, in Bethlehem. ( Philip Kamrass / Times Union ) Photo: PHILIP KAMRASS

We all want good mobile coverage but we do not want the cell towers in our backyard. The main reason being that somehow this can affect our health and maybe cause cancer. There is absolutely no link between cellphone radiation and cancer as I have discussed in an earlier post here. With more studies having been done, any possible links between cellphone tower and existence of cancer seems to diminish. On the WHO list, exposure to radio emissions is now category 2b (possible carcinogens), along with coffee, talcum powder and many other substances to which we all expose ourselves.

As a result, the mobile operators have started disguising cell phone towers. A cellphone tower inside the bell tower, rear right, is seen over the Resurrection Lutheran Church in Ankeny, Iowa. In rural areas disguising also doesn't affect the scenery.

The cactus cell tower in Arizona is another great example of coverage by stealth.

Small cells on the other hand is a whole new ball game. We are so used to seeing WiFi routers that people will probably not bat an eyelid with the small cell above by Vodafone in Cranborne.

Another disguise is the bird box cell booster, also by Vodafone. It picks up the mobile signal from the nearest network mast, and boosts it to provide better coverage in the surrounding area. This would definitely fit with the surrounding but getting power can sometimes be tricky.

Do you know of any disguised small cells, please let us know.


  1. Here are a selection of mainly microcells I think -

  2. Thanks Kit, I like the replica chimneys the most.