We live and breathe connectivity. Nothing symbolizes cellular signal more than a cell tower, so it’s no surprise that the cell tower is the best-known wireless infrastructure asset. In just three decades, cell towers have become as critical to us as power lines and water pipes.
In light of recent technological advances, cell towers have gained renewed importance within our wireless ecosystem. For example, cell towers can host a variety of high-tech sensors and receivers that enable life-transforming innovations, such as the Internet of Things (IoT). Cities still have space for cell tower structures, especially on their rooftops. While we now have many other solutions to provide connectivity, cellular towers still distinguish themselves by offering a safe and easy way for carriers to execute their long-term network build-out strategies.
When Hurricane María struck Puerto Rico in September 2017, it led to an unprecedented humanitarian crisis. Nearly 3,000 lives were lost in a disaster that resulted in $90 billion in economic damage. For weeks, most areas of the island had no power or access to communications. Despite such devastation, not a single QMC tower was damaged. In the days that followed María, residents across the island hiked up hillsides and gathered around buildings where QMC had installed cell tower sites to call their loved ones and tell them that they were okay.
Even after a historic storm, QMC’s Built to Last cell towers enabled people to connect to what really matters: their community, neighbors, friends, and family.
With a portfolio of more than 2,500 assets installed and under development, we offer a set of outdoor infrastructure solutions that includes the construction and management of greenfield towers, rooftops and special camouflaged solutions. Custom-designed and purpose-built, they meet the highest technological standards of telecommunications operators.
This question sometimes comes up when talking about cellular signal. Wireless devices like cell phones contain a radio transmitter and receiver, which both emit radio frequency (RF) energy during use. The good news is that today’s scientific evidence overwhelmingly shows that this is not an area of concern.
One example is the thirteen-country World Health Organization (WHO) Interphone study, which was the largest case-control study performed to date. The Interphone study found no ties between mobile phone use and any longstanding human health issues. Furthermore, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), based on current data, “believes that the weight of scientific evidence does not show an association between exposure to radiofrequency from cell phones and adverse health outcomes.”
As a precaution, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has established standards governing RF energy emission levels for all wireless phones sold in the United States to protect public health. The FCC also regulates RF energy emissions from cellular towers. Before a wireless phone model is available for sale in the US, it must be tested by the manufacturer and certified that it does not exceed FCC limits.