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Facts About Mobile Phone Masts

Updated February 21, 2017

Mobile phones are used for wireless communication and rely on signals, which are transmitted between users and networks. A mobile phone mast is key to this signal reception.

Definition

A mobile phone mast, also referred to as a cell tower or base transceiver station, is a piece of equipment designed to facilitate wireless communication between a network and UE, or user equipment. Examples of UE devices include mobile phones and Wi-Fi.

Function

A mobile phone mast assists the transmission of radio signals between mobile cellular devices in a network. A network is commonly comprised of certain areas of land, or cells. Each network cell is served by one or multiple mobile phone masts. A mobile phone mast can take the form of a dedicated vertical tower or an antenna device mounted on a building.

Process

The mobile phone mast is comprised of such items as a antenna for signal reception, a power amplifier and a transceiver device, which acts as a combined transceiver and receiver. The transceiver/receiver manages and sends signals back and forth between mobile communication devices and also between communication devices and higher entities such as the base-station controller.

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