Seeing the story on this bamboo tower today makes me wonder whether
it should have been scheduled to be released tomorrow instead of
today. But other stories that came out several days ago make this
seem more believable... and the 10 year life span definitely makes it
seem more believable.
Alan Kilgore, CPBE
WRVM Chief Engineer
It can withstand wind gusts of up to 130 mph, with an expected life
span of about 10 years according to the Dhaka Tribune. It takes
around 12 days to build and has a capacity to house up to eight
antennas at a time, enabling co-location. It is a cell tower made of bamboo.
A Malaysia-based telecommunications infrastructure company has teamed
up with engineers of Bangladesh University of Engineering and
Technology to build the country's first cell phone tower made from
the native material.
Edotco Group, owned by Axiata Group, claims to be the world's 14th
largest tower company with a footprint of over 7,500 towers in
Bangladesh. The largest is behind the project recently installed on a
rooftop in Dhaka.
If the use of bamboo tower turns out to be successful, incentives
would be offered for the home-grown technology.
The research and development of the project focused on the design and
viability of bamboo as an alternative material to traditional steel
structures in telecommunications. "We are very pleased to see the
installation of the first bamboo telco tower in our country.
Bangladesh is a country with plenty of natural resources, including
bamboo, which is a renewable material," Professor Ahmad said while
speaking at a recent conference.
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