Malaysian-based edotco Group has installed a carbon fiber tower in Taman Tasik Prima, Puchong, Malaysia. This is the first carbon fiber tower installed in Asia. The company says that this carbon fiber structure will have 70% less weight than conventional steel structures, will reduce foundation requirements by half while providing high strength to weight ratio. In addition, a smaller footprint also requires less materials and it features high rigidity with tensile strength 10 times more than steel, allowing load bearing with the structure able to better withstand harsher forces of nature (especially wind conditions). There was also a reduced installation time.
These features result in lower total cost of ownership (TCO) of 20%. The company says as it gains more experience in the deployment of carbon fiber towers, customization requirements will lessen, bringing the company to its target of 40% in TCO reduction.
“edotco is always experimenting with materials and innovative solutions to address the challenges of the telecommunications infrastructure industry. Given its lightweight nature, carbon fiber is ideal for rooftop deployment where load is a concern. We are pioneering the use of carbon fiber structures to provide a solution that addresses requirements and concerns of the telecommunications eco-system from MNOs, governments, regulators, landlords, end-users and communities. This solution affirms our commitment to enable connectivity in our countries of operation by establishing high quality shareable telecommunications infrastructure for network operators,” said edotco Group CEO, Suresh Sidhu.
The next carbon fiber structure installed will be a rooftop structure in Bangladesh where it will provide a solution to building constraints.
edotco is the first regional tower services provider in Asia, with a portfolio of over 16,000 towers in Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Pakistan and Myanmar.
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