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DCAN 14: Siting and Design of Radio Telecommunication Equipment
Small Scale Equipment and Antennas

3.7 As demand for mobile phones has increased operators have looked for ways in which to increase coverage and the capacity of their networks. In urban areas this has predominantly been achieved through the development of microcells and picocells, which give coverage over very small areas such as individual streets and buildings. This kind of development is often regarded as de minimis as the antennas are very small and inconspicuous. Examples of de minimis development include antennas concealed as security boxes on shop fronts or within street signs (see glossary for definition of de minimis).
3.8 Measures that can help to minimise the impact of small-scale antenna include:
  • painting them to reduce contrast with their background;
  • placing them in areas of shadow on elevations such as under eaves or plinths;
  • keeping equipment to a minimum and as uncluttered as possible;
  • avoiding contrast with or compromising architectural detail;
  • installing them in areas that are inconspicuous; and
  • hiding cable runs so that they are not visible on the façade of a building.
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