Deploying telecom services in rural markets continues to present challenges. These include site acquisition, backhaul strategies, and developing robust operating plans to support multiple, remote cell towers. When combined with high fuel costs, increasing pressure for “green” solutions, the impact of cell antenna radiation, and the scattered customer base it is nearly impossible to deliver profitable services. Despite multiple obstacles, expansion in rural markets is one of the greatest growth opportunities for the modern telecom industry.

Altaeros gives carriers a leg up with its SuperTower solution for rural infrastructure. The SuperTower utilizes Altaeros’ proprietary tethered aerostat design and automation technology to deploy approximately 800 feet high and provide coverage equivalent to a network of up to 30 conventional cell towers. Deploying SuperTowers will help carriers:

  • Replace multiple cell towers with a single site
  • Reduce site acquisition and approval delays
  • Minimize backhaul infrastructure costs
  • Reduce power requirements and diesel fuel consumption
  • Decrease TAT through simplified logistics and support
  • Reduce O&M overhead
  • Eliminate Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) concerns from cell tower radiation

This enormous consolidation of infrastructure allows telecom carriers to provide unparalleled services to rural customers by:

  • Bridging the urban/rural divide in telecom coverage
  • Expanding mobile coverage to deep rural subscribers
  • Strengthening cell-edge signal quality to improve QoS
  • Increasing data capacity to meet surging smartphone usage

To learn more about how Altaeros can help enhance your mobile coverage, contact us today at