How Do Cell Phone Towers Work?


Cell phone towers are constructed using steel shaped in a pole or a lattice. These towers house radio transmitters and receivers that allow communications to transfer between phones and towers. The radios are connected to the tower antennae using sets of thick grounded cables.

The design of a cell phone tower is set so that the entire structure is heavily grounded at the base of the tower. A cell phone tower typically features a five-way-latch lock system that is accessible by only five people. Cell phone towers can vary greatly in height and shape, but typically measure in the hundreds of feet.