What Are Cells on Wheels and Why Are Telcos Deploying Them?

cells on wheelsLearn what cells on wheels are and the reason why so many of them are being deployed in this article.

In times of a worldwide pandemic, people are urged to stay inside for safety. This creates an extreme strain on the world wide web which has caused the deployment of cells on wheels.

What Are Cells on Wheels?

Cells on wheels, commonly referred to as COWs, are mobile sites that come equipped with a cellular tower and transceiver constructed fully on a truck or trailer. These portable cell towers are used for short term creation or boosts of the cellular network and are generally used for big events or in emergencies.

These passive pieces of infrastructure are being quickly deployed around the world to ease network congestion in a time when home internet and video services consumption has skyrocketed due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Bharti Airtel, Vodafone Idea and Reliance Jio Infocomm

The entire country of India is following suit with countries like “China, France, Italy, New Zealand, Poland, and the UK,” by enforcing mass quarantines. For at least the next two weeks, Indian civilians are restricted to their homes. These quarantines will force people to work from home or simply entertain themselves day in and day out, which generally involves the internet.

Bharti Airtel, Vodafone Idea and Reliance Jio Infocomm are in talks of rolling out COWs to help ease the network congestion.

Rajan Mathews, the Director-General of the Cellular Operators of Association of India states that “Telcos will seek approvals from local municipalities for swiftly deploying the CoWs after DoT clears the additional spectrum requested…operators are in talks with tower partners and gear vendors to ensure adequate base stations, antennae are available for this.

COWs or Cell Towers

Some company representatives have said the need for new cell towers has been on the rise with 5G, but for the immediate future, COWs are the best answer. Organizations and even individuals can benefit from knowing cell tower locations for network needs and business opportunities. Contact the experts at GeoTel today to learn more. 

Author: GeoTel Experts