So, what’s the deal with the cat?

Cell sites seem to be everywhere these days, but many people don’t know what’s on them or what the different pieces do. Without the Cat explains what sort of equipment is located at a typical cell tower site.


Click on an item below to learn more about what it does.

Monitoring
Legacy BTS
Remote Radio Head
Microwave
Shelter
Shelter
DC Power
Ice Bridge
Lightning Arrestor
LTE eNode B
Cell Site Lease
Cell Site Lease
Cell Site Lease
Cell Site Lease
Cell Site Lease
Cell Site Lease
Uplink
Handset
Antenna
Antenna
Microwave Dish
Spectrum
Downlink Spectrum
Tower Mounted Amplifer
Cell Tower
Cell Tower
Cell Tower
Conduit
Cell Site Pad
Cell Site Pad
Jumper
Cell Site Router

Where did the name come from?


There’s a cute little story (possibly apocryphal) about the famous physicist Albert Einstein.  According to the story, Einstein was asked to explain how wireless communications worked. He replied,


  1. “The wireless telegraph is not difficult to understand. The ordinary telegraph is like a very long cat. You pull the tail in New York, and it meows in Los Angeles. The wireless is exactly the same, only without the cat.”


By the way, the Einstein graphic was created by Jeremy Kalgreen. Thanks Jeremy, for letting us use it.


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