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Sender Blauen-2.jpg
A huge tower for transmitting radio applications Edit or translate this description.
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Group: Man made
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may be used on nodesshould not be used on waysmay be used on areasshould not be used on relations
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Status: de facto

A man_made=communications_tower, also known as telecommunications tower, is a huge tower for transmitting radio applications like television, radio, mobile phone or officials radio. They are quite rare and distinguished by their very large size, and status as a local monument or landmark.

If in doubt it is almost all the time a man_made=tower or man_made=mast plus tower:type=communication instead, see below.

How to map

Set a node node or draw an area area along its outline. Add the tag man_made=communications_tower.

Useful combinations

Distinguish between other kinds of communications towers

First question: Is it a mast or a tower?

Second question: What kind of services are being provided?


Obereisesheim Sender1.JPG

Guyed lattice tower

BTS GSM-R Jistebnik.jpg

Mobile phone

Bayreuth - Einsatzzentrale PP Oberfranken.jpg

Police radio

Frazier Peak, tower and Honda Element.jpg

Microwave link(s) (German: Richtfunk)

Greifswald Funkturm Hans-Beimler-Straße July-2010 SL274692.JPG

No mast any more, but a tower

Sender Burgwindheim.jpg

Really big communications towers >= 100 m:

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