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Multi-Provider Setup - GSM 900/1800/UMTS 2100

This is a multi-story building housing university students and students attending the German School of Sports across the street next to Cologne's main soccer stadium.

Multi-Provider Setup - GSM 900/1800/UMTS 2100
ShoresGuy, Sep 24, 2005
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    • Gamer03
      Cool picture ShoresGuy.

      Like I already said in the other picture, it seems to me like Germany likes putting towers on top of buildings. I guess it is due to the fact that towers at a higher level broadcast the signal at a greater distance.
    • ShoresGuy
      Probably not only that, it's probably hard to convince people that a mast will enhance the beauty of their neighborhood.
    • Gamer03
      Yeah, that's true.

      Does Germany have any towers like we have in the US that are not on buildings? Or are the towers pretty much on top of buildings?
    • ShoresGuy
      Nope, the metal masts out on fields and the rooftop antenna poles are the main types I know of. The third variation are the microcells mounted to walls or to the facades of buildings. But most German cities are very dense so the antennas are almost always located on top of rooftops or even the so-called Fernsehtuerme (tv transmission towers with loads of antennas on top used to broadcast TV, radio and wireless signals, almost each major German city has such a tower and most of the time, they have a rotating restaurant located inside, i.e. the best example I can think of in the US would be Seattle's Space Needle).

      Cologne's Fernsehturm is named the Colonius, it opened in 1981 and was constructed by Deutsche Telekom's predecessor, the Deutsche Bundespost (West Germany's telecommunications/postal service monopoly until 1995). In 1995, the Deutsche Bundespost was privatized for the telecommunications sector meaning that all fixed/wireless telecommunications were split off into Deutsche Telekom, postal services were split off into Deutsche Post (also owns DHL) and Deutsche Postbank (one of the larger German banks). The Bund (federal government) retains a stake in Deutsche Telekom and Deutsche Post.

      The Colonius was constructed as a relay tower for the Bundespost's microwave setup for the landlines aspect. It had a rotating restaurant but the tower has been closed since 1999 since Deutsche Telekom can't find a new tenant.

      Here are some pics/links:


      No doubt Andy will like this post when he makes it back here :D

      Enjoy :D
    • Gamer03

      Thanks for the explanation and links ShoresGuy.
    • ShoresGuy
      Maybe I should start billing you for providing so much info :D
    • Andy
      I don't think it's much becasue of the distance the towers on top of buildings broadcast, because urban areas have tons of cellsites. Coverage is not a problem, evne indoors usually. It's just a better option to put towers on top of buildings since there is not all that much room in a lot of areas, unless you're out in the country. Darn, Ishould have taken pictures last year when I was in Germany, Switzerland and Italy.
    • Andy
      Yes, shoresguy, I finally made it here, but now you're on vacation ;)
      Thanks for sharing your expertice and thanks for sharing those links. I enjoyed visiting those websites.

      I love you posting information and pictures about cellsites in my old home. Thank you very much! IF you once get to ULm, you should take tons of pictures for me ;)
    • ShoresGuy
      Lol and now I'm back, I've got some Italian and UK sites for you.

      No problem, I like sharing some European insight with WA. It makes the wireless mix all the more interesting. I haven't been to Ulm in real life yet even though I've driven my ICE 3s through there on Microsoft Train Simulator :D.
    • Andy
      Haha, lol. Is that a good program? do you like it?
      I used to play Microsoft Flight Simulartor 2002 a lot, but haven't really played it for over a year- I don't play videogames that much, but driving a trail through Ulm would be fun ;)
    • ShoresGuy
      Lol well not for the last 6 months or so. The basic program plus the add-on simulators/route packs take up 5 GB or so when you install the 6 or so I have. My laptop is able to run it just fine but after a while the game gets a bit mundane since the routes and the planned events are predictable.

      It's interesting to compare the routes to the real stretches I have traveled between Cologne and BW.
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