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Outdoor solutions create the fabric of our world

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. 

 

Cell towers form the macro coverage layer needed to connect people everywhere

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.

 

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Custom-built to the highest technological standards: infrastructure built to last

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.

 

Outdoor built-to-suit solutions

Since our company's founding, we have invested our technical and operational capabilities to become a leader in the telecommunications tower development and rooftop antennas (rooftops).

Our Built-to-Suit services include:

  1. Searching for sites to install towers
  2. Site licensing
  3. Designing and building the site
  4. Installation of equipment
  5. Operation and maintenance of the site and equipment
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Outdoor camouflaged solutions

Let’s be honest: cell towers are not the most beautiful objects known to man. While they can form key parts of a city’s skyline or a rural landscape, there are occasions when cell towers need to blend in more with their surroundings. With camouflaged antennas, cell tower operators can maximize a site’s connectivity offering while minimizing its visual impact.

Camouflaged solutions are a specialty of QMC. In these solutions, we install “hidden” antennas in areas with deficient mobile coverage. This solution often is used in areas with strict regulations about what forms of infrastructure can be installed.

By blending in with the surrounding environment and adhering to local aesthetics, camouflaged solutions can reduce community resistance to connectivity solutions.

Some of our common camouflaged solutions include coconut trees, air conditioners, air ducts, stones, and lamp posts that can hide antennas internally.

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See who else already has one of our outdoor connectivity solutions

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El Dorado Golf and Beach Club & QMC: an interconnected partnership

El Dorado Golf & Beach Club is an exclusive country club in Mexico that, as a luxury resort, welcomes people from all over the world, including many celebrities. It’s hardly necessary to say that all of the guests who arrive at El Dorado expect a superb experience that involves respect for the region’s beautiful natural scenery. Especially because of this, El Dorado did not want a macro cell tower installed on its land; and that was when QMC proposed a camouflaged connectivity solution.

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Olinda and QMC: guaranteeing connectivity in a historic city

Olinda possesses one of the most famous and visited Carnaval celebrations in Brazil with its festive rhythms and giant parading dolls. In 2020, the city received 3.6 million revelers (400 thousand of them foreign), generating R$295 million in revenue for the city and over 100 thousand jobs, with 98% hotel occupancy. With the party growing more every year, bigger investments in infrastructure were needed – and that included investment in cellular connectivity.

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Are cellular radio frequencies safe? According to the WHO, the answer is YES.

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.

FAQ

Are towers and antennas the same thing?

Does an antenna shortage affect services for the user?

How do you choose the locations to install antennas?

Who authorizes the installation of antennas?

Is having an antenna on a building safe?

Do you need an antenna close to home for signal quality?

Does an antenna close to home or work increase a property’s value?

Do the antennas emit waves?

Are antennas safe for your health?

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Why is it more difficult to install antennas in some cities than in others?

How long does the work take? Will there be a lot of "coming and going" in my establishment?

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