edotco Group announced the deployment of its carbon fibre structure, the first tower of its kind in Asia. The ground-based carbon fibre tower installed in Taman Tasik Prima, Puchong is currently being utilised by Celcom Axiata.
edotco provides end-to-end solutions in the tower services sector including co-locations, build-to-suit, energy, transmission and operations and maintenance (O&M) in the region of Asia. The company encourages tower sharing between the Telcos in Malaysia and the region.
According to edotco, carbon fibre structures harness the inherent properties of the material to offer unrivalled benefits:
- 70% 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% 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.
The company said that these features result in lower total cost of ownership (TCO) of 20%. As edotco gains more experience in the deployment of carbon fibre towers, customization requirements will lessen, bringing the company closer to its target of 40% in TCO reduction.
The aesthetically pleasing carbon fibre tower is also a green solution as it emits less carbon dioxide during its production process.
edotco Group CEO, Suresh Sidhu said, “edotco is always experimenting with materials and innovative solutions to address the challenges of the telecommunications infrastructure industry. 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. This solution affirms our commitment to enable connectivity in our countries of operation by establishing high quality shareable telecommunications infrastructure for network operators.”
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 over 16,000 towers in Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Pakistan and Myanmar.