Energy and Telecom

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.

Telecom carriers can provide unparalleled services to rural customers with special autonomous tethered airborne platforms 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


At heights above 200m, a single installation provides an effective coverage area that would require 10 to 20 traditional GBTs. This enormous consolidation of infrastructure translates into savings for Altaeros’ customers. The key benefits include:

  • Replacement of multiple cell towers with a single site
  • Reduction of site acquisition and approval delays
  • Minimized backhaul infrastructure costs
  • Reduced power requirements and diesel fuel consumption
  • Decreased TAT through simplified logistics and support
  • Reduced O&M overhead
  • Elimination of Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) concerns from cell tower radiation