edotco Group “edotco” recently became the first to utilize bamboo in the construction of a telecoms tower, which was installed on a rooftop in the Uttara region of Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Developed in collaboration with Bangladesh University of Engineering (BUET) and deployed by edotco Bangladesh Co.Ltd., the noteworthy use of this renewable resource keeps in pace with the pulse of innovation which is in the DNA of edotco. This milestone also reinforced edotco’s foothold at the forefront of sustainable and green engineering.
The research and development which was led by Professor Dr. SyedIshtiaq Ahmad, Professor of Civi lEngineering in BUET,focused on the design and viability of bamboo as an alternative material to traditional steel structures in telecommunications.
Professor Dr. Syed Ishtiaq Ahmad of BUET commented, “We are very pleased to see the installation of the first bamboo telecoms tower in our country. Bangladesh is a country with plenty of natural resources, including bamboo which is a renewable material. Being able to use these resources in efforts to contribute to the country’s technological progress is a natural course of action to take. Feasibility studies showed that bamboo is a good material choice for telecoms tower due to its properties. We thank edotco for believing in such an initiative that contributes to nation building and conservation of the environment.”
Studies indicated that untreated bamboo has the ability to bear the weight of concrete while possessing the rigidity and tensile strength to support its own weight, making it a material for telecom structure. It can withstand gusts of up to 210km/h, with an expected lifespan of approx. 10 years with proper maintenance. A bamboo tower takes around 12 days to construct, and consumes less energy to manufacture compared to traditional steel towers. The structure has a capacity to house up to 8 antennas at a time, enabling co-location.
As an added bonus, bamboo being inherently light, allows for easy transportation and installation of structures on roof tops without putting any additional stress on the building. The deployed structure underwent a chemical treatment as a measure to protect it from termite and mould attacks as well as adverse climate conditions. To ensure the successful deployment of the bamboo telecoms tower, edotco has trialed the unique solution at an experimental demo site in Kanchpur, Dhakalast December.
“edotco is always experimenting with materials and innovative solutions to address the challenges of the telecommunications infrastructure industry. The bamboo telecoms tower is our latest innovation which we conceptualized utilizing natural, sustainable resources to build telecommunications infrastructure to lessen the impact on the environment. We are pleased that we have developed this solution in partnership with BUET, and hope we can continue to collaborate in other areas. It’s also testament to the quality of human capital in Bangladesh that we were able to pioneer this in Dhaka,” said Suresh Sidhu ,CEO of edotco Group.