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Mobile network mast powered by diesel generator

horiz0n

Member
Hi,
While cycling around my town I found a mobile network mast powered by two diesel generators: https://ibb.co/HKJPcSp The whole site looks like a temporary installation but it is there for a quite long time now. It is about 300 yards from country road where pole with transformer stands. I am wondering how reliable/profitable and common country wide it is.
 

drevilbob

Pro Member
They probably can't get the planning permission to lay power cabling, sadly NIMBYs in regards to mobile mast start moaning about the diesel generators but then moan about construction happening.
 

Lucian

ULTIMATE Member
I believe it's a common thing in "the sticks".. many run like this year-round in difficult areas and get their backhaul via satellite.
 

dabigm

ULTIMATE Member
Isn't that LPG on the box in the right? The red sticker on it looks very much like it. Of course many diesel gennies can run on LPG too. But its easier to store than Diesel I guess (Diesel lasts 12 months without fuel additives)

It does look like a temp site. Is it on cellmapper?
 

horiz0n

Member
Isn't that LPG on the box in the right? The red sticker on it looks very much like it. Of course many diesel gennies can run on LPG too. But its easier to store than Diesel I guess (Diesel lasts 12 months without fuel additives)

It does look like a temp site. Is it on cellmapper?
It is on cellmapper:

and it smells like diesel.
 

uknowiama

Pro Member
Any big events going on locally? Or set to go on locally? Could it be in preparation or left over from one. Quite normal for large festivals / events for addition temporary cell towers to be put up to deal with the increased number of devices in the area as the crowds arrive - calls / texts / internet access.
I remember the good old days (20+ years ago mind) as a student in Cardiff on a rugby international day - the cell would be filled up with devices and became impossible to make calls and send texts for the day.
 

saajanb

Casual Member
It could be part of EE's ESN. They might be trying to boost coverage in preparation for handover, the diesel might be temporary till they do the civils to get power up there.
 

horiz0n

Member
It could be part of EE's ESN. They might be trying to boost coverage in preparation for handover, the diesel might be temporary till they do the civils to get power up there.
It is there since 2016 and belongs to Three not EE.
 
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