Ericsson develops pretty radio base stations


Tower TubeSony Ericsson has recently unveiled plans for an ecologically-friendly and eye-pleasing base radio station dubbed the Ericsson Tower Tube. These 40m stations will be made of flexible concrete, cutting down on transportation and manufacturing CO2 emissions. The base station proper is going to be at the top, which diverges from standard design which puts it at the bottom of the tower. As a result of being closer to the antenna, power consumption costs are cut by 40%. The Tower Tube takes up 60%-70% less land than standard towers, and, being fully-encapsulated, avoids the need for perimeter fencing. This move for base stations as a whole seems right up there with windmills – if the ecological benefits don’t sell you, maybe its good looks will.