Facts About Mobile Phone Masts

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Facts About Mobile Phone Masts
Mobile phone masts facilitate signal transmission between cellular devices. (Cell phone image by Elzbieta Sekowska from Fotolia.com)

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.

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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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