Photo - Suresh Sidhu, Chief Executive Officer, edotco Group
Malaysian telecoms tower services company edotco Group said it has deployed Asia's first carbon fibre tower in Malaysia recently.
edotco Group chief executive officer Suresh Sidhu said the ground-based carbon fibre structure, installed in Taman Tasik Prima, Puchong, marked another milestone in the "company's pursuit of establishing innovative telecoms infrastructure in the region."
"edotco is always experimenting with materials and innovative solutions to address the challenges of the telecommunications infrastructure industry," said Sidhu. "Given its lightweight nature, carbon fibre is ideal for rooftop deployment where load is a concern."
"We are pioneering the use of carbon fibre structures to provide a solution that addresses requirements and concerns of the telecommunications eco-system from MNOs, governments, regulators, landlords, end-users and communities," he said. "This solution affirms our commitment to enable connectivity in our countries of operation by establishing high quality shareable telecommunications infrastructure for network operators."
Why carbon fibre?
"The aesthetically pleasing carbon fibre tower is also a green solution as it emits less carbon dioxide during its production process," said Sidhu, adding that carbon fibre structures harness the inherent properties of the material to offer significant benefits
The benefits include:
- 70 percent less weight than conventional steel structures, reducing foundation requirements by half while providing high strength to weight ratio. A smaller footprint also requires less materials;
- High rigidity with tensile strength 10 times more than steel, allowing load bearing with the structure to better able withstand harsher forces of nature (especially wind conditions);
- Reduced installation time; overall it is 40 - 50 percent faster to install a carbon fibre structure;
- High durability as it is highly corrosive resistant, contributing towards lower maintenance costs over the lifespan of the structure.
He said that these features result in lower total cost of ownership (TCO) of 20 percent. As edotco gains more experience in the deployment of carbon fibre towers, customisation requirements will reduce and help move the company closer to its target of 40 percent in TCO reduction.
The next carbon fibre structure to be installed will be a rooftop structure in Bangladesh where it will provide a solution to building constraints.
edotco has a portfolio of more than 16,000 towers in Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Pakistan and Myanmar.
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