Common Monopoles: Vodafone and O2, EE and 3

Monopole masts are a common part of the Urban street scene as they are a compact, visually unobtrusive, method of providing infill coverage, increased capacity or 'just' general coverage to an area. Most modern monopoles are produced by Hutchinson Engineering or Alifabs, a Commscope Company, with a lot of the cabinets being manufactured by Alifabs too. I have produced a video detailing these Monopoles and cabinets.

Vodafone and O2 (CTIL) Monopoles

Monopoles used by Vodafone and O2 for their 2G/3G/4G.

Hutchinson Jupiter Dual Stack Monopole and cabinets for 900MHz 2G and 3G, 800MHz 4G, 2100MHz 3G for Vodafone and O2 as part of CTIL (Cornerstone Infrastructure Limited). The Shroud is vertically split: half for Vodafone, half for O2. They usually use triple input band panels on each stack, so top layer panels: 800 4G (shared), 900MHz Operator A, 2100MHz Operator A. Lower layer: Operator B 900MHz, Operator B 2100MHz, spare. See CTIL mast schematics here

The Cabinets, from Left to right are: Alifabs RBS610, Alifabs RBS6102, TEF Cannon and Alifabs Meter. Alifabs Lancasters tend to look rather similar to TEF Cannons.

In one case, I have seen a dual stack Jupiter used for Vodafone, O2 AND EE, 3. The CTIL antennas in the top section and EE and 3 below:

A Hutchinson Jupiter Single Stack Monopole for 900MHz 2G and 3G, 800MHz 4G, 2100MHz 3G for Vodafone and O2 as part of CTIL (Cornerstone Infrastructure Limited). Usually use triple input/band panels. 3 and EE sometimes use so they can deploy 800, alongside the usual 1800 and 2100.

The rather large collection of Cabinets, some Alifabs, feeding the mast.

A Dual Stack 2100MHz 3G Only CTIL Monopole complete with an Alifabs RBS6102 Cabinet and Meter Cabinet. Most likely Hutchinson Slimline. 

A Hutchinson Pandora Single stack Monopole broadcasting 800/900/2100, complete with Alifabs RBS6102 Cabinets. Some seem to be only 1800/2100MHz though.

A Replica Telegraph Pole with Bolt on Shroud. This mast was broadcasting 800, 900 and 2100MHz. For more information on this monopole type, see Mini Monopoles

Some Legacy monopoles. 

On the Left, an Omni-directional G900 mast, which are rarely seen broadcasting Vodafone or O2 2G. 

Middle: A design which outputs either 900MHz 2G or dual stack 2100MHz (ie Vodafone and O2 2100MHz 3G)

Right: A Legacy Vodafone 2100MHz monopole, complete with an RBS3102 Cabinet.

The usual array of cabinets for Vodafone and O2 including Alifabs power and a TEF Cannon, but also a Huawei BTS3900AL cabinet, which looks rather similar to the BTS3900A used by EE (displayed below). However, the BTS3900AL is only vertically stacked and thus does not have a midline joint. Picture courtesy of Denco1. 

An old Vodafone RBS 3107 Cabinet. Usually fitted when a 3G 2100MHz mast was previously used.  

A Nokia WCDMA base Cabinet. Seen on all Networks for 3G.

Another RBS Cabinet. Either an RBS3102 or RBS2106 (they look quite similar).

EE/3/MBNL Monopoles

Monopole masts for EE and 3

Shrouded Monopoles which house single Input/Band panels which can support EE 2G/3G/4G and 3 3G. However, they can not support 3's 1800MHz 4G aswell, hence these are getting replaced with larger shrouded monopoles which can house dual input/band panels. To see the reason for this, check out the Schematics on the EE/3 Mast page.

Hutchinson Ultra Slimline Monopole, Alifabs Styrosun and a hutchinson Engineering Replica Telegraph Pole.

Larger shrouds for dual band panels, all Alifabs Styrosun. 

A mast before and after upgrade. Previously had a small Alifabs setup, to carry EE services. However, when 3 wanted to add 4G 1800 to it, dual input/band panels were then required, so a larger shroud was required. In this case, a dark coloured one was fitted, to help it blend in to the surroundings. The EE 2G/4G 1800 Huawei BTS3900A cabinet is visible, as is the big white T-Mobile cabinet. There is also an Alifabs Pagona for 3's 1800MHz.

A Huawei BTS 3900A Cabinet, arranged in a horizontal stack (side by side) for EE's 1800MHz 2G and 4G.

An Alifabs Pagona Cabinet for 3's 1800MHz 4G. 

An Alifabs Komodo cabinet, which is slightly larger than a Pagona, so as to incorporate 3's 800MHz and 1800Mhz equipment.

Cabinets used mainly for MBNL 3G (EE and 3 shared). Quite commonly seen are the Orange Beverley cabinets.

A Fredo Cabinet, used previosuly for T-Mobile 2G/3G, now EE 3G.

Like stated above, Nokia WCDMA cabinets are also seen on EE/3 masts. In this case, a 3 mast in Aldborough.


A pair of Masts for Vodafone and O2 and EE and 3

Hutchinson Jupiter Single stack Monople, Vodafone and O2, on Left and Hutchinson Flexicell Replica Telegraph pole, EE and 3, on the right. The replica telegraph pole got replaced

with a Single Stack Jupiter later on, so there is now a pair of the Jupiters.

The new mast that replaced the replica telegraph pole to provide EE 800MHz.