Supporting our clients as a global world-class knowledge partner within towers & telecom
Ramboll has been engaged in telecom & broadcast infrastructure since the company was founded in 1945. We are determined in our pursuit of solutions which presents the highest technical and commercial value to our clients.
Ramboll is ranked among the top 3 consultancies internationally by the Engineering News-Record (ENR).
Our expertise within design of masts and towers is recognised by the more than 150,000 Ramboll structures deployed worldwide. With Towers & Telecom project references on 6 out of 7 continents, Ramboll can support on a global scale with local insight, and we aim for engaged and trusted partnerships with our clients.
Ramboll’s extensive involvement in developing international standardisation and best practices for Towers & Telecom, as well as our own R&D, supports our expert staff in the continued efforts to provide world-class designs and solutions to our clients.
Our approach is anchored in the life cycle of the solutions for towers & telecom that we generate.
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Engineering and consulting for the life cycle of towers & telecom
Design & analysis of telecom structures
Within all types of telecom passive infrastructure, we undertake design & analysis to deliver solutions that are reliable and optimised to the needs of the project. We leverage our hands-on experience from other parts of the asset life cycle and integrate it in our design solutions to ensure effective buildability and the required durability.
Our design process aims to minimise total site life cycle costs, based on our insight into the regional cost drivers & dynamics of the different markets we operate in.
We do design & analysis of all types of telecom passive infrastructure, including towers, guyed masts, monopoles, roof-tops, aesthetic solutions and small cell solutions as well as foundations, earthing systems and buildings.
Sourcing of telecom structures
We assist our clients in developing the sourcing strategy and specifications for telecom structures that produce the desired outputs as well as evaluating and qualifying suppliers that can deliver on their promise.
Construction site management & inspections
To manage the scattered location and rapid deployment rate of telecom structure builds, we provide the supervisory capabilities required to exercise proper construction site management, monitoring Health, Safety, Environment and Quality (HSEQ), claims, progress, etc. on behalf of our clients.
We design and execute tailored inspections on site new-builds and upgrade projects as well as part of recurring maintenance, to maximise the reliability and service life of assets. Our design and fieldwork can be integrated through our project asset management and analysis software, providing the asset owner with a completely digitalised blueprint of the site from planning to decommissioning.
As independent consultants our level of engagement can be adjusted to the needs of the project from external advisors to client representative roles and 3rd party quality inspection. Our services are delivered offsite as well as onsite and from raw material to project completion stages.
Our construction site management & inspection programmes include all types of telecom passive infrastructure, including towers, guyed masts, monopoles, roof-tops, aesthetic solutions and small cell solutions as well as foundations, earthing systems and buildings.
Validation and strengthening of sites for telecom
For telecom roll-out planning, upgrades or M&A transactions site data, load and structure validations provides essential insight to the capabilities of telecom site assets. We scale and adapt our services, from site data collection to validations, based on the scope, purpose and detail needed to fulfil client objectives, with a fast turnaround time. In situations where desired site capabilities are not present, we can provide solutions such as strengthening, re- or new-build, best fulfilling KPIs to take plans forward.
Planning, execution and performance evaluation for cellular networks
For public and private entities, reliable and efficient cellular network coverage is a paramount necessity to their operations. Many buildings, however, by design cause poor mobile and data network coverage.
Ramboll performs indoor and outdoor cellular network coverage and performance measurements (incl. ‘walk-test’ and ‘drive-test’) as well as advising scaled solutions to establish local area coverage. Combining our competencies within buildings and telecom, we provide advisory as well as project management services in relation to establishing and maintaining Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS).
Ramboll has established partnerships with several specialised niche consultants to offer our clients advice and troubleshooting from a broad and packaged set of telecom capabilities.
Given the essentiality of operating networks, we can mobilise at short notice to troubleshoot errors and performance issues in networks, which can often comprise process chains of multiple different telecoms technologies and devices.
We support all KPIs for the network such as signal strength and quality on 2G, 3G, 4G and Wi-Fi (WLan) networks, Speech Quality (PESQ), dropped-call rate (DCR) & call failure rate (CFR), Speed rating (IP Throughput), SMS / MMS (Speed and delivery rate), video stream (YouTube) and e-mail.
Ramboll’s services are certified according to standard for quality management systems ISO 9001.
Health & Safety around emitting devices
Whether in the commercial and industrial workspace or residential area, Ramboll provides advisory and measurements for electromagnetic radiation (EMR) and ionized radiation from telecom and powered appliances.
To ensure a safe workspace for employees and comply with legislation, employers are in many cases obligated to assess risk of exposure to EMR. We conduct assessments as well as facilitation of training and portable devices so that our clients’ H&S responsible can address concerns also in changing workspaces.
Installing telecoms on residential buildings requires a special effort to address concerns toward radiation exposure. Ramboll as an independent third party has the knowledge and equipment to assess exposure against thresholds providing homeowners, landlords and telecom operators with the data required for an informed and productive dialogue.
For managing telecom roll-out projects and network infrastructure we develop, operate and license software packages that brings transparency and insight to our clients’ decision-making, by leveraging the power of data.
Our platforms RamSite and RamBase are both strong tools for managing telecommunication projects. RamSite is a strong system for managing rollout and operations, while RamBase is applicable for site assessments and engineering analysis with strong features for on-site data collection and interconnection via mobile devices.
Developed from our insight into the challenges faced by our client network of telecom operators and asset owners, we also use the software in our own service delivery process providing a seamless handover of projects and assets to the client.
We conduct drone surveys to capture and document the nature and challenges for telecom structures, in order to analyse and mitigate it in the digital space.
Our track record within planning of decommissioning projects includes some of the tallest and most complex telecommunication structures in the world – with Health & Safety, environment and efficiency at the core.
Ramboll is certified within the relevant standards within Environmental and Health & Safety management, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001.
Design & supply of telecom structures
Ramboll’s design & supply model combines design of telecom structures optimised to project specification with supply either from our network of regional manufacturing partners or on license. We regularly audit our manufacturing partners to ensure adherence to international standards as well as Ramboll’s high standards for quality. As a result of this model, our clients not only benefit from telecom structures tailored to project needs, but also reduce their risk related to sourcing and procurement. Telecom structures supplied through our manufacturing partners include towers, guyed masts, monopoles, roof-tops, aesthetic, Smart City and small cell solutions as well as various accessories ready to deploy to site.
Telecom turnkey project solutions
Through a packaged and coherent approach to the planning, design, procurement and deployment of telecom infrastructure, Ramboll’s turnkey project solutions provide our clients with a single contracting entity managing all interfaces from start to finish – underlining Ramboll’s commitment to explore alternative business models with best contextual sense.
Together with selected regional manufacturing and construction partners we deliver telecom passive infrastructure sites with more than 20 years of experience in the field, featuring towers, guyed masts, monopoles, roof-tops, aesthetic, Smart City and small cell turnkey solutions.
Part of a multidisciplinary consultancy
As part of a global multidisciplinary consultancy, our towers & telecom specialists can draw on the combined local experience and global knowledgebase across the Ramboll Group, to address the needs of our clients.