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O2 GSM 1800/UMTS 2100 Site @airport

This is an O2 GSM 1800/UMTS 2100 site located above the entrance area "A" for Terminal 1 at the Cologne/Bonn International Airport.

O2 GSM 1800/UMTS 2100 Site @airport
ShoresGuy, Oct 9, 2005
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    • Gamer03
      Another awesome picture, ShoresGuy.

      Did you receive a full signal when you were inside the airport? ;)
    • ShoresGuy
    • Andy
      Microcells, nowadays, seem to cluster metro areas and airports in Europe. You see them everywhere.
    • Yankees368
      I wish that were the case in NYC. Microcells on some light poiles would be nice.
    • Gamer03
      Andy, do you know when microcells became common in airports in Europe?

      I don't remember seeing any when I went to Europe with my family in 1999. But then again, cell phones were not as popular then as they are now. ;)
    • Jay2TheRescue
      Seems to me a good place to hide it would have been inside that UPS tower thing, but then who cares? Its an airport, right?
    • ShoresGuy
      Yup, it's Terminal 1 at the Cologne/Bonn Int'l airport. The reason why UPS is so prominently displayed is due to them having a large cargo handling facility at CGN (their main one for Germany) and a lot of stuff comes over from the US on daily basis (Fedex has regular flights from Cologne to Memphis as well).

      Their English site is here:

    • Andy
      Some areas have had microcells for a long time, but they are hidden and blended in so well that you can often easily miss them. I nearly missed a hidden panel in one of the shopping streets in the Tessin. I just noticed my phone having full service inside and out, looked around, and saw a panel hidden very nicely!
    • ShoresGuy
      Microcells are concealed either as discreet box-shaped transmitters, short stub antennas or in walls. Normally, they're also painted over to match the color of the surrounding structure so that they blend in more naturally.

      Stub Antenna: http://www.duven.de/bilder/dxbb28_1.jp (Vodafone)
      Wall Panel: http://www.duven.de/bilder/dxb958_1.jpg (Vodafone)
      Box Transmitters: http://www.duven.de/bilder/dxbc96_1.jpg , http://www.duven.de/bilder/dxbc93_1.jpg , http://www.duven.de/bilder/dxbn06_1.jpg , http://www.duven.de/bilder/dxbc65_1.jpg (All Vodafone)

      Pico cells are also another hidden favorite, you'll see these mostly diguised as smoke detectors:

      http://www.duven.de/bilder/dxbf71_1.jpg (Vodafone)
    • Andy
      Those pico cells are sneaky, indeed. I've seen those pictures. Thanks for those links, Shoresguy! :)

      There are so many microcells, even if you do see some in, say, an airport, there will still be tons of microcells you don't even notice because they are so well blend in with their surrounding.
    • ShoresGuy
      Yup, it must be fun to work a techie assigned to fix problems with such sites.
    • RJB
      Cool photo..............
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  • Category:
    Europe (EU)
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    Oct 9, 2005
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  • Ground Level Altitude (in feet):
    Cell ID (CID) or ASR# or FCC#:
    6950, 26950, 46950

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