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.

Remote Radio Head (RRH)


For newer cellular systems, a distributed system is used where part of the base station (called the baseband processing) is in the shelter, and part of it is on the tower. The part of the tower has the power amplifiers and is called the remote radio head (RRH).


An RRH generally allows for greater coverage as it improves the ability of the base station to send information to the mobile device.


New base stations by companies like  Ericsson, Huawei, Motorola or NSN use a RRH design.


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