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Building Innovative Networks & Rural Utility Services

May 28th, 2014

Multipoint_TowerIn today’s broadband centric world the demand for higher speed internet connections are continuing to climb. Streaming video services and content providers have seen increasing amounts of over-the-top-video and television content. These services take a large toll on telephone, cable and cellular providers, as well as, DSL and broadband network’s due to their bandwidth intensive nature. This has in turn created a need for creative “out-of-the-box” network designs.

At RP Companies our highly skilled staff has the experience in building innovative networks that will allow your company to deliver broadband services to the hard to reach areas. This will give the businesses, residents, hospitals and schools the tools and connectivity they need. Examples of these tools include: Telemedicine and Distance Learning as well as connectivity to handheld phones or devices.

Contact RP Companies team of professionals to evaluate your options for delivering broadband services and new opportunities for revenue. Now is the time to leverage your existing infrastructure by expanding or upgrading your networks to meet the demands of your customers. RP Companies can assist in all facets of your wireless or hybrid wireless/fiber point-to-point Ethernet, point-to-multipoint Ethernet, WIFI and WIMAX expansion. Their services include feasibility studies, tower design and erection, structured cabling, AC and DC electrical and underground construction.

Rural UtilitiesRP Companies offers turnkey general engineering contractor solutions to work with RUS agencies and objectives. Their utility contractor services provide professional teams that handle all engineering, design and building phases of bringing or upgrading public utility services to rural areas. As a utility construction company in Arizona, their reputation, service, and value cannot be beat. Contact RP Companies at 602-252-1635 for further information about how they can help accomplish the job on time and within budget.

The Truth About Cell Towers

May 14th, 2014

Have you ever wondered why we need cell phone towers?
Cell phones being a low watt transmitter/receiver requires a signal repeater within range of the cell phone. The repeaters keeps moving the signal from tower to tower until it reaches the destination cell phone. For the caller to complete the cell phone call it is necessary to have a new type of telephone pole called a cell phone tower (or cell phone antenna) placed at proper intervals along our highways, byways, cities and towns. The number of towers required is directly proportional to the total human population in the area. This information is normally referenced to as “cell tower proliferation” the mathematical principle used to determine the number of cell towers required in a given area. Cell tower proliferation has become a new subject for urban ecologists. In fact, cell phone towers are radio relay stations, due to the short range of the cell phone transmitter/receivers.

cell phone towerA cellular telephone site is where antennas and electronic communications equipment are placed, usually on a radio mast, tower, building or other high place, to create a cell in a cellular network. The elevated structure normally supports antennas, and one or more sets of transmitter/receivers transceivers, digital signal processors, control electronics, a GPS receiver for timing, primary and backup electrical power sources and sheltering.

Many times a cell site is incorrectly called a “cell tower”, even if the cell site antennas are mounted on a building, or other tall structures rather than a tower. In fact, a large majority of cell sites worldwide are located on structures other than towers. In GSM networks, the correct term is Base Transceiver Station and colloquial British English synonyms are “mobile phone mast” or “base station”. The term “base station site” might better reflect the increasing co-location of multiple mobile operators and therefore multiple base stations at a single site. Depending on an operator’s technology, even a site hosting just a single mobile operator may house multiple base stations, each to serve a different air interface technology.

What is the transmitter/receiver range on a cell towers?
In practice, cell sites are grouped in high population areas that would have the most potential users. Cell phone traffic through a single site is limited by the base station’s capacity as there is a limited number of calls or data traffic that a base station can handle at once. This limitation is another factor affecting the spacing of cell mast sites. In suburban areas, masts are commonly spaced 1–2 miles apart and in dense urban areas, masts may be as close as ¼-½ mile apart.

cell phone mastThe maximum range of a mast (where it is not limited by interference with other masts nearby) depends on the same circumstances. Some technologies, such as GSM, normally have a fixed maximum range of 22 miles, which is imposed by technical limitations. CDMA and IDEN have no built-in limit, but the limiting factor is the ability of a low-powered personal cell phone to transmit back to the mast.

As a basic guide, based on how tall the mast is and how flat terrain is, it is possible to send a signal 30 – 45 miles. When the terrain is hilly, the maximum distance can vary from as little as 3 – 5 miles due to encroachment of intermediate objects into the wide center fresnel zone of the signal. Depending on terrain and other circumstances, a GSM Tower can replace between 2 and 50 miles of cabling for fixed wireless networks.

What does GSM, CDMA, iDEN and PCS stand for?
GSM Carriers like T-Mobile and AT&T/Cingular sell their mobile phones locked with their access specifications. These are referred as to as Locked Phones.

concealed cell tower sitesCDMA stands for Code Division Multiple Access. It uses several protocols in second generation (2G) and third generation (3G) wireless communications. CDMA is a form of multiplexing which allows numerous signals to occupy a single transmission channel optimizing the use of available frequencies. This technology uses both the PCS and Cellular signals.

iDEN transmit on the 806 to 866 MHz frequency ranges. This range is used by carriers like Nextel/Sprint, Mike, Southern LINC and Boost. It’s a stand-alone mode.

PCS stands for Personal Communication Service. Sometimes referred to as the Digital Mode, it represent the signals that transmit between frequencies of 1850 to 1992 MHz (megahertz). These frequencies are used by Mobile Phone Standards like CDMA, TDMA and GSM. Most carriers including AT&T, Telus, T-Mobile, Qwest, Verizon Wireless, US Cellular, Alltel and Bell Canada uses PCS network in combination with Cellular.

cell phone tower disguised as a cactusWhat do cell phone towers look like?
A cell phone towers can be a tower or it can be inconspicuous and blend in with the surrounding area. These installations are generally referred to as concealed cell sites or stealth cell sites, where cell towers are often hidden. Some cell sites are camouflage as palm trees, ponderosa pine trees, cactus, large crosses at a church and on buildings and light poles. They also act as radio relay stations, due to the short range of cell phone transmitters/receivers.

For additional information in reference to telephone cell towers contact RP Companies at 602-252-1635. RP Companies maintains construction crews for all facets of wireless communications. From tower construction to radio installation and maintenance, RP Companies maintains the crews and equipment to meet your service and construction needs.

Sources: Wikipedia, HowStuffWorks, UCSB,

Electricity To Your Light Bulb

May 8th, 2014

How many times a day do you flip a light switch on or off? We all know the answer to that… many, many times. Have you ever wondered what happens between point A and point B to get the electricity from its source to the light bulb?

Light BulbFirst, an Electrical Generating Plant must be built to harness the electricity needed for the surrounding area. Once the power plant is built, the electric distribution power lines will move the electricity from the power plant to a building using an aboveground or underground electric power line. When the power line is connected to a building, an electrician will install wires going to every outlet, light fixture and light switch. Finally, you can flip a light switch and a light will turn on.

RP Companies is a full service electrical contractor that specializes in getting electricity from the source to your light bulb. They can complete everything from building an electrical generating plant, to running the distribution power lines, to connecting the power lines to a building. They have the equipment and skilled manpower to provide a project with all aspects of the installation from the underground to all the above ground electrical services.

electriciansRP Companies electrical division offers the following services: new construction, aerial and burial, duct banks, load centers, services pedestals, solar systems, cable placements, distribution centers, grounding, emergency repairs, electrical trouble shooting, interior and exterior lighting, lighting retro fits, remodel and tenant improvements, 24-hours service, backup generators installation, critical power, equipment hookups, electrical preventative maintenance and code compliance and upgrades.

Contact RP Companies today at 602-252-1635 for all your electrical needs. They maintain the crews and equipment to meet your electrical and construction needs.

RP Companies Electrical Division – Your Turnkey Electrical Contractor

April 30th, 2014

RP Companies is Arizona’s number one choice for all your electrical needs. As a complete turnkey electrical contractor, we have the support and team to address your electrical goals and vision. Our electrical division consists of experts in electrical construction with a specific knowledge of electrical systems as they relate to residential and commercial projects. Our electricians have a working knowledge of standard wiring practices, the National Electrical Code (NEC) and a basic knowledge of the equipment used in commercial applications, industrial processes and environmental controls.

Electrical CompanyRP Companies takes pride in being a progressive electrical contracting company specializing in design/build, commercial and industrial projects. We are very proud of our outstanding experience and expertise in all aspects of electrical construction and in our ability to complete a project on time and within budget, better serving our Arizona customers.

RP Companies electrical division consists of 3 different types of contractors:

  1. ”Outside” or “line” electrical contractors. These contractors are responsible for high-voltage power transmission and distribution lines. They build and maintain the infrastructure required to transport electricity generated at a power plant through a series of high-voltage lines and substations before it is used to power facilities, buildings and homes.
  2. “Inside” electrical contractors. These contractors provide electricity to any structure within a property’s boundary lines, including outdoor lighting or substations. Under current construction specification guidelines, “inside” electrical contractors can serve as prime contractors for all electrical and cabling design, installation, and maintenance for commercial, institutional, and residential buildings. Projects also include Database Centers/Infrastructure and Pharmaceutical Work.
  3. “Integrated building systems” (IBS) or “Voice/Data/Video” (VDV) electrical contractors. These contractors work primarily with low-voltage installations such as back-up power, climate controls, wireless networks, energy-efficient lighting, telecommunications, fiber optics and security systems. IBS contractors are particularly skilled at integrating these system controls to work together for maximum energy efficiency and building performance.

Electrical Panel InstallationAbove all, RP Companies electrical division ensures that safety is strictly enforced at all our locations and construction sites. We are required to follow the National Electrical Code (NEC) to ensure every system works in a safe manner. This code is designed for the installation of electrical components and systems and is used to safeguard persons and property from hazards arising from the use of electricity.

Call RP Companies at 602-252-1635 today to learn more about the importance of electrical construction systems. Our full service company understands your basic project electrical needs and how to help you obtain your goal.

Sources: Wikipedia and National Electrical Contractors Association