http://www.prattfamily.demon.co.uk/mikep/gsmnet.html
UK GSM and 3G base station photos - Index

 

This list is in reverse chronological order of when they were added to the site, so the most recent photos are listed first.

APRIL 2006

APRIL 2005

DECEMBER 2004

APRIL 2004

FEBRUARY 2004
Ossett town - Voda site on football ground floodlight (Photo: Anon)
Ossett town - Voda site on football ground floodlight (Photo: Anon)
Ossett town - '3' site on football ground floodlight (Photo: Anon)
Ossett town - T Mobile / Airwave site on football ground floodlight (Photo: Anon)
T Mobile telegraph pole site - photo by 'Site Master General'
O2 Airwave TETRRA (police) site - antennas
O2 Airwave TETRRA (police) site - cabin
O2 Airwave TETRRA (police) site - warning notices - are there enough?
Current Vodafone greenfield site - antennas - two types of antenna per sector with different vertical pointing angles - is this site dual band GSM or 3G ready?
Current Vodafone greenfield site - planning application notice
Current Vodafone greenfield site - another close-up of antennas
Current Vodafone greenfield site - power isolator cabinet
Current Vodafone greenfield site - GSM cabinet, presumably, spare base for forthcoming 3G?
Current Vodafone greenfield site - overview of ground equipment
Vodafone site in-build below may to be of same design as recently built site above.
Vodafone site in-build - concrete base - convenience and digger in background next to Orange site
Vodafone site in-build - concrete base for monopole
Vodafone site in-build - contractor warning notice
Vodafone site in-build - concrete base - including draw strings for cable run
Vodafone site in-build - power supply cables dug to electrical supply pole
Vodafone site in-build - power supply cables run past existing Orange site
Discrete O2 GSM monopole
Discrete O2 GSM monopole - close up of cabinet, no enclosure, just a bar to prevent cars accidentally reversing into it!
Discrete O2 GSM monopole - power isolator cabinet on other side of car park
O2 Airwave temporary base station site
O2 Airwave temporary base station site - note that the backhaul is via VSAT terminal as no terrestrial link is available - no expense spared for the Police customer!
Another type of fairly small T Mobile site

NOVEMBER 2003 

Suspected Vodafone test antenna ("anyone know what this is?" section)
Trailer for suspected Vodafone test antenna ("anyone know what this is? section)
Test antenna moved to top of water tank for further testing

AUGUST 2003 
Four transportables in a row - from left: Orange, Vodafone, O2, T Mobile.
Three transportables - T Mobile, Orange (obscured by tree), Vodafone
Orange transportable base station
O2 transportable base station (sorry film is slightly exposed)
Two adjacent trees at Balcombe - Orange (left) and T Mobile (right). Thanks to the visitor that sent in this photo.
Orange site on folly at Caernarfon. Needs a lick of paint!
Orange site on folly at Caernarfon (2)
Orange site on folly at Caernarfon (3)
TV relay on a Vodafone monopole base station
Orange disguised pole in green in Swindon. Photo by Al Rosser.
Cabinet for disguised pole in neighbouring street. Photo by Al Rosser.
Another type of disguised Orange pole in Swindon. Photo by Al Rosser.
Vodafone site on chimney in Melksham. Right hand antenna not currently connected (3G?). Photo by Al Rosser.
Vodafone site on chimney in Melksham (2). Photo by Al Rosser.

JULY 2003 
Small Vodafone stand-alone site in Scottish Highlands. O2 not site sharing on this one. 
Small Vodafone stand-alone site in Scottish Highlands. O2 not site sharing on this one. 
My thanks to the reader who sent the following six photos in. 
Hutchison 3G site on building - disguised sector antenna
Hutchison 3G site on building - disguised cabinets
Hutchison 3G - interior of equipment cabinet
Hutchison 3G monopole - three sectors
Hutchison 3G - another cabinet interior
Hutchison 3G install on top of T Mobile tower, with Airwave underneath

JUNE 2003 
2.4 GHz Wireless broadband internet hotspot for Cwmni Deudraeth

APRIL 2003 
'3' (Hutchison) 3G site next to A303 Hampshire.
'3' Two sector antennas
'3' Two sector antennas. I don't like it when they miss off the third sector.
'3' NEC cabinets.
'3' Enclosure.
'3' Planning notice

T Mobile dinky tree - from across road **
T Mobile dinky tree - close-up** 
T Mobile dinky tree - cabinets **
T Mobile dinky tree - trunk **
T Mobile dinky tree - top **
Take 5! Poles for all the networks: H3G ('3'), Voda, O2, Orange and T Mobile (back)
'3' Sector antennas at top of pole
T Mobile pole - underlying design similar to tree site
New Orange pole, awaiting addition of 3G cabinets

JANUARY 2003 

Hutchison 3G site has microwave backhaul added...
...but the main cabinet has mysteriously disappeared. Being upgraded or been stolen?
ORANGE 3G UPGRADE: Orange site with new, wider, sector antennas, I suspect for 3G upgrade to make dual 2G/3G site.
Old Orange sector antennas awaiting collection
Concrete base and cabling, I suspect for Orange 3G cabinet.
New T-Mobile base station, not sure but I think this is 2G (GSM).
New T-mobile site - antennas
New T-mobile site - equipment cabin and warning sign

NOVEMBER 2002 

Unfortunately I have had to remove the Taiwan photos that were previously listed here, in order to accomodate new photos for the site (I have run out of space on the server).
Vodafone UK microcells

SEPTEMBER 2002
Orange telegraph pole at Llanbedr 
Orange telegraph pole at Llanbedr 
Vodafone discrete hilltop site 
Vodafone discrete hilltop site - sector antennas 
T Mobile (one2one) discrete hilltop site 
T Mobile (one2one) discrete hilltop site (2) 
T Mobile (one2one) discrete hilltop site (3) 

Now the photos from Vodafone (with many thanks): 
Vodafone - major hub site in Cornwall
Vodafone - major hub site in Cornwall
Vodafone - Ericsson RBS2202. 
Vodafone - pylon site - ADC cross polars (900 and 1800 MHz) on a pylon at Pilton festival
Vodafone - Ericsson RBS 2103 (Outdoor version of the 2202)
Vodafone - almost every TRX or TRU is commissioned with a racal 6111 or 6113 (this is a 6113)
Vodafone - almost every TRX or TRU is commissioned with a racal 6111 or 6113 (this is a 6113)
Vodafone - almost every TRX or TRU is commissioned with a racal 6111 or 6113 (this is a 6113)
Vodafone - typical equipment for a Vodafone microcell
A new BT airwave site at CCI Timberscombe, with 3 x 4 stack UHF dipole arrays
Vodafone - Ericsson RBS200 TRX shelf, 2 TRXs here providing 14 traffic chs ( TCH ) plus commissioning results from 6113 on floppy!
Vodafone - Ericsson RBS 200s two cells shown ( 2 cabs ) of a 3 cell site. Left hand rack has TRI fitted at top ( like a mini cross connect, it feeds all 3 cabs and provides site alarms etc)
Vodafone - Ericsson RBS200 next shelf down, RX amps on left TX cavities on right
Vodafone - Ericsson RBS200 next shelf down - Radio TXs ( RTX ) left and power filters on right
Vodafone - Ericsson RBS200 Bottom shelf, Timing units (3) left and nect door (with all the leds ) alarm collection unit.
Dolphin BTS, with 2 BTS racks and antenna rack (possibly diplexers)
Dolphin - Nokia Tetra TX Combining shelf , showing 2 electronically tuned cavity filters 
Dolphin - Nokia Tetra BTS PSU shelf
Dolphin - Nokia Tetra TRX controller and RX multicoupler (TRMC= Tetra Receiver Multi Coupler )
Dolphin - Nokia Tetra BTS Transceiver Units 

AUGUST 2002 
O2 (BT Cellnet) telegraph pole site (28K)
O2 (BT Cellnet) installation on church (73K)
O2 (BT Cellnet) installation on church (close-up) (75K)
Orange camoflaged rooftop site (72K)
Orange camoflaged rooftop site (within) (73K)
Orange site on grain silo (100K)
Orange rooftop site (71K)
Orange shared lampost (183K)
Orange shared lampost (2) (40K)
Another Orange tree site (81K)
O2 (BT Cellnet) dead tree site (69K)

APRIL 2002 

Hutchison 3G base station (52K)
Hutchison 3G - close up of antenna, cabinets and label. (5.6K, 35K, 22K)
Discrete Orange install on building (54K, 20K)
O2 / one2one pylon install (26K, 56K)
O2 / one2one pylon install - cabinets (54K)
O2 discrete hilltop site (47K, 51K)
O2 discrete hilltop site - close up of sector antennas (34K, 33K)
Orange 'street' pole site (40K, 13K, 27K)
Orange telegraph pole site (63K)
Orange telegraph pole site - close-up of antenna, label (19K, 41K)
Orange street microcell sites (29k, 18k, 24k)
Vodafone discrete install on building (47k, 37k, 21k)

OCTOBER 2000 

Dolphin transportable base station (52.5K)
Dolphin transportable base station - close-up of antennae (36.8K)
Dolphin transportable base station - close-up of cabin (14.5K)
Interior of Vodafone cabin (13.5K)
RBS200 unit inside Vodafone cabin (56K)
Microcell installation in central London (38.7K)
Microcell installation in central London - close-up (22K)
Dolphin - 2 sector installation (52K)
Dolphin - 2 sector installation - close-up of antennae (26.3K)

SEPTEMBER 2000 

Orange microcell (3 photos)

MAY 2000 

one2one disguised install on church (1)  (33.2K)
one2one disguised install on church (2) - the backhaul  (24.9K)
Small Orange pole with single omni-directional antenna  (17.6K)
Small Vodafone pole with shortened sector antennae  (4.8K)
New Vodafone warning notice  (**115K**)
Another type of Vodafone sector antenna  (16.9K)
Orange discrete install in area of outstanding natural beauty - overview  (20.6K)
Orange discrete install in area of outstanding natural beauty - close-up of antennae  (17.2K)
BT Cellnet notice in Welsh and English  (8.7K)

In addition, during May 2000, the BT Cellnet GSM1800 and the Vodafone pylon photos have been replaced for better ones. 

APRIL 2000 

one2one tree
one2one lampost

JANUARY 2000 

South African base stations

NOVEMBER 1999

Dolphin TETRA base station - microwave link (32.5K)
Dolphin TETRA base station - main photo (18K)
Dolphin TETRA base station - antenna cluster (11.2K)
New BT Cellnet install on Orange tower (Stage 6) - addition of microwave link (28.1K)
New BT Cellnet install on Orange tower (Stage 6) - addition of microwave link (2) (34.4K)
New BT Cellnet install on Orange tower (Stage 6) - NEC Pasolink unit (20.6K)
Unidentifed pole (19.5K)

MARCH 1999 

Orange tree base station - Scots Pine model
Orange tree base station - Scots Pine model - view of base
Orange tree base station - Scots Pine model - view of branches
Orange tree base station - Scots Pine model - close-up of antennae
One2One sectored pole - antennae
One2One sectored pole - equipment cabinets
BT Cellnet pole with single omni-directional antenna
Electricity supply pole for Orange base station

JANUARY 1999 

BT Cellnet GSM1800 antenna (three pictures) (10K + 10K + 9K)
BT Cellnet microcell antenna (two pictures) (24K + 12K)
Vodafone, BT Cellnet and Orange antennae (19K)
Box label of Vodafone directional antenna (16K)
Old Vodafone Jaybeam omni-directional pole antennae (27K + 17K)
New BT Cellnet install on building - stage 3 - transmission equipment installed (13K)
New BT Cellnet install on building - stage 3 - earth connection in place (two pictures) (16K + 11K)
New BT Cellnet install on Orange tower - stage 5 - Planning notice in place (18K)
New One2One tower (two pictures) (13K + 21K)
One2One transportable base station (16K)
Concrete base for One2One transportable base station (11K) 
Trailer for One2One transportable base station (26K)
One2One transportable base station - closeup of antenna structure (8K)
Orange base station - three antenna design (15K)
Orange base station - three antenna design - closeup of base (35K)
Orange base station - three antenna design - closeup of top (2 pictures) (9K + 13K)
TV relay on Orange base station (three pictures) (11K + 14K + 21K)
Ionica radio base station (13K)
Ionica radio base station - closeup of antennae (13K)
Ionica radio base station - Close-up of equipment 'marquee' (15K)

NOVEMBER 1998 

New BT Cellnet install on Orange mast (Stage 5) - Antennae and cables in place (23.3K)
New BT Cellnet install on Orange mast (Stage 5) - Cables run into equipment cabin (14.8K)
New BT Cellnet install on Orange mast (Stage 5) - Cables run along duct (31.9K)
New BT Cellnet install on Orange mast (Stage 4e) - Extra base, maybe ready for UMTS
New Orange shared pole (Stage 3) - Six new antennae and microwave dish (9K)
New Orange shared pole (Stage 3) - Close-up of two of the new antennae (11.8K)
New Orange shared pole (Stage 2) - Equipment cabins and temporary generators in place (15.0K)
Orange install on watertower (7.8K)
Vodafone on pylon (distant shot) (19.1K)
Vodafone on pylon (close-up) (11.7K) 
Vodafone on pylon - equipment cabin (33.1K)

OCTOBER 1998 

New BT Cellnet install on Orange mast (Stage 3a) - new fencing in place, creating a single enclosure. (24K)
New BT Cellnet install on Orange mast (Stage 3b) - new fencing in place, creating a single enclosure - side view. (42K)
New BT Cellnet install on Orange mast (Stage 4a) - equipment cabin now in place (27K) 
New BT Cellnet install on Orange mast (Stage 4b) - mains box now locked (36K)
New BT Cellnet install on Orange mast (Stage 4c) - inlet on transmission equipment cabin, awaiting cables (12K)
Orange 'Live equipment' warning notice (16K)
Orange antenna warning notice (16K)
One2One and Orange main base stations on poles (17K)
New BT Cellnet install on building - (Stage 2) - alternative view, after install of antennae (14K)
New Orange pole - top (14K)
New Orange pole - enclosure (26K)
New BT Cellnet install on Orange mast (Stage 4d) - local population look forward to improvement in BT Cellnet reception (8K)

SEPTEMBER 1998 

BT Cellnet main base station with open antennae on a pole. (23K)
One2One's omni-directional base station. (20K)
The mighty Mendip transmitter (all the networks). (2 photos, 40K)

Two BT Cellnet antennae on One2One mast. (21.7K)
New Orange install in Wales. (14.5K) 
New Orange & One2One install in Wales - stone cabin (27.6K)
One2One pole (12.7K)
One2One pole - close-up of antennae (11.5K)
Orange rooftop installation (11.4K)
BT Cellnet planning notice (20.3K)
New BT Cellnet install on building - (Stage 1a) - in close-up (14.1K)
New BT Cellnet install on building - (Stage 1b) - wider view (17.4K)
New BT Cellnet install on building - (Stage 2) - after antennae are fitted (10.3K)
New BT Cellnet install on Orange mast (Stage 1) - attachments for antennae appear (19.0K)
New BT Cellnet install on Orange mast (Stage 2a) - Site cleared and foundation in place (31.0K)
New BT Cellnet install on Orange mast (Stage 2b)- earth cabling is run through (35.3K)
New BT Cellnet install on Orange mast (Stage 2c) - Duct in foundation ready for power cables (34.0K)
New BT Cellnet install on Orange mast (Stage 2d) - transmission cable duct in place (31.7K)

JUNE 1998 

Vodafone & BT Cellnet's shared base station for the Scottish Highlands (20.3K)
Close-up of antenna structure for shared base station (16.7K)
Camoflage (khaki) paintwork for shared base station (12.5K)
A typical remote location for the shared base station (16.1K)
Vodafone pole with a single covered antenna (10.3K)
BT Cellnet pole with two directional antennae (10K)
Close-up of BT Cellnet pole's antenna structure (4K)
Orange omni-directional pole base station (12.1K)
Orange temporary base station (5.1K)
Orange's 'tree' base station (15.3K)
The base of the Orange 'tree' (30K)
The top of the Orange 'tree' (23K)
The Vodafone 'tree' base station (39.3K)
Equipment hut and base of the Vodafone 'tree' (35.6K)
The top of the Vodafone 'tree' (21.2K)
Vodafone pole with three directional antennae (2 photos, 30K) ***
Vodafone pole with two directional antennae (omni) (11.6K) ***
BT Cellnet's main base station - on a pole (15.8K)
BT Cellnet - the beak network (18.4K)
One2One base station with three directional antennae (14.3K)

*** Replaced by new photos in September 1998.

APRIL 1998 

Vodafone pole equipment hut (57.7K)
The Vodafone pole omni-directional base station (40.5K)
Vodafone antennae mounted on city building (12.2K)
The main Vodafone base station (66.4K)
Vodafone warning notice (27.6K)
Vodafone equipment hut (54.3K)
The Bath relay transmitter (34.9K)
BT Cellnet's main base station (distance) (14.9K)
BT Cellnet's main base station (close-up) (46.6K)
Close-up of antenna structure on BT Cellnet's main base station (48K)
BT Cellnet tower with open transmitting elements (13.2K)
BT Cellnet's new small but sectored base station (42.3K)
BT Cellnet equipment cabin (87K)
BT Cellnet installation on a water tower (21.9K)
Orange's main base station (32.5K)
Orange tower (close-up) (27.3K)
Orange equipment boxes (92.4K)
Orange warning notice (27.4K)
One2One's main base station (45.1K)
Close up of antenna structure of One2One's main base station (31.3K)
One2One warning notice (17.9K)
Another type of One2One main base station (17.9K)


  

 

Acknowledgements: My thanks to Matt at Vodafone for directions to the Vodafone tree, and to my brother Steve for the use of his camera for many of the earlier photos! 

** Thanks to Andy Tebbutt-Russell for the directions to the T Mobile tree - nice one! 

Many thanks to those that have donated photographs - you know who you are! Photos are generally taken by me unless otherwise stated.

Mike Pratt, July 2007

 

Return to GSM and UMTS photos page

 

Return to UK GSM & UMTS index page