Malaysian firm builds innovative telecoms tower


KUALA LUMPUR: The first carbon fibre-based telecoms tower in Asia has been built at Taman Tasik Prima, Puchong.

The ground-based tower was built by Axiata’s Edotco Group, the integrated telecommunications infrastructure services company involved in tower services.

The fibre-based tower is part of Edotco’s goal of establishing innovative telecoms infrastructure in the region.

“Edotco is always experimenting with materials and innovative solutions to address the challenges of the telecommunications infrastructure industry,” CEO Suresh Sidhu was quoted as saying by Composite Manufacturing Magazine.

“Carbon fibre is ideal for rooftop deployment where load is a concern. We are pioneering the use of carbon fibre structures to provide a solution that addresses requirements and concerns of the telecommunications eco-system from MNOs (mobile network operators), governments, regulators, landlords, end-users and communities.”

He said carbon fibre was 70 per cent lighter than conventional steel structures, reducing foundation requirements by half while providing high strength to weight ratio.

The magazine report said carbon fibre was also very rigid and had a tensile strength 10 times higher than steel, allowing load bearing with the tower able to better withstand harsher forces of nature, including turbulent wind.

In addition to high durability, it is also highly corrosion-resistant, contributing towards lower maintenance costs over the lifespan of the structure.

Installation time is also cut by 40-50 per cent with the use of carbon fibre, according to Edotco. It said these features resulted in lower total cost of ownership (TCO) of 20 per cent.

“As Edotco gains more experience in the deployment of carbon fibre towers, customisation requirements will lessen, bringing the company closer to its target of 40 per cent in TCO reduction,” the magazine quoted Sidhu as saying.

Edotco plans to build the second carbon fibre structure, on a rooftop, in Bangladesh.

Edotco manages and owns 16,000 towers across Asean, which raked in annual revenue of about RM1.2 billion last year.