From Microwave Transmission Networks: Planning, Design, and Deployment

6.1 Introduction

Microwave deployment (or implementation) is a multidisciplinary activity that involves a number of very specialized experts, regardless of whether it involves a new microwave system or an upgrade or expansion of the existing facilities. The related activities are as follows:

  • Program/project management

  • Site/path surveys (also part of design phase)

  • Site civil work

  • Site preparation, including grounding, lightning protection, and surge suppression

  • Tower and building foundation construction

  • Design, procurement, and erection of the antenna structures and equipment shelters

  • Design, procurement, and installation of power systems (e.g., AC/ DC/solar/diesel generators)

  • Procure, install, integrate, test, and commission all the equipment required to complete the microwave transmission system

  • Fulfillment of all regulatory requirements (e.g., local authorities, FCC, FAA)

  • Completing as-built documentation

  • Complete training (on-site and off-site), maintenance, technical support, and repair services

  • Provision for the future upgrades and network expansion

  • Testing (ATP) and commissioning

Not all the projects will include all of these activities. For example, the upgrade of an existing microwave system will not have tower erection included, but it may take in tower structural analysis and modifications or improvements as required.

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