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Vantage Towers builds sustainable wooden structured telecommunication tower

Vantage Towers AG, a leading tower company in Europe, has installed the first wooden structured telecommunication mast in cooperation with the Finnish start-up Ecotelligent. The Ecopol tower was erected as one of two wooden masts in Rhineland-Palatinate as part of a pilot project, as announced by Vantage Towers in October 2022. The installation of the second Ecopol tower is expected to take place in Leiwen, Germany, in the third quarter of 2023; further locations in Germany are being considered. With the construction of wooden structured telecommunication infrastructure, Vantage Towers, together with Ecotelligent, is marking the beginning of a more sustainable mobile communications industry and digitalisation. According to the manufacturer, the Ecopol towers, which are built from recyclable wood, have a significantly lower carbon footprint than comparable masts made of steel or concrete. In addition, they have an attractive, modern design and blend in better with their surroundings – which increases the acceptance of telecommunication infrastructure among the population.

To mark the inauguration of the mast, Vantage Towers is holding an official opening ceremony today in Bechtolsheim, which will be attended, among others, by Alexander Schweitzer, Minister of State in the Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs, Transformation and Digitalisation of the State of Rhineland-Palatinate.

Alexander Schweitzer, Minister of State in the Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs, Transformation and Digitalisation of the State of Rhineland-Palatinate: “Improving the quality of coverage and boosting network coverage with mobile communications are central goals of the federal state government. I am pleased that the construction of the telecommunication tower in Bechtolsheim not only advances the expansion of mobile communications in the state, but also makes a contribution to a greener future. In order to provide rural regions with fast mobile communications and the latest mobile communications standard 5G, the acceptance of the population is needed above all. The sustainability aspect can play an important role here.” Dieter Mann, Mayor of Bechtolsheim: “The wooden structured tower has made even critics change their minds. I am pleased that we have found this solution for mobile phone coverage in Bechtolsheim together with Vantage Towers. Perhaps we will also become a role model for how the expansion of mobile communications in rural areas can succeed.”

Kai Uebach, Managing Director Vantage Towers Germany: “With the Ecopol tower, Bechtolsheim has chosen the future. A future in which telecommunication infrastructure is sustainable and visually appealing at the same time. We are very pleased that we have successfully realised this project, which is unique in Germany so far, together with Ecotelligent and would like to thank the mayor and local council of the municipality of Bechtolsheim for the constructive dialogue. Together we have achieved a great result and sent an important signal for sustainable mobile phone expansion in Germany.”

Gyöngyi Mátray, CEO of Ecotelligent: “With the ongoing 5G expansion, thousands of telecommunication towers are currently being planned and built across Europe. It is therefore increasingly important to consider emissions in this sector. As a renewable resource and natural carbon sink, wood is a responsible and more sustainable alternative for building digital infrastructure. I am pleased that we have been able to win Vantage Towers, a leading European tower operator, as a partner for our mission and hope to build many more masts together.”

The use of sustainable materials for Vantage Towers’ infrastructure is another component of the company’s sustainability strategy, complementing efforts to make its own infrastructure more energy efficient and reduce resource consumption. For example, the company already reached its first major green milestone in 2021: since then, all the electricity Vantage Towers uses to operate its infrastructure has been procured from renewable energy sources such as wind, solar or hydro power. In addition, pilots are underway to produce renewable energy directly at the sites with wind turbines and solar panels, and to replace diesel generators with hydrogen engines.

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