Talk:Proposed features/Base transceiver station
I think man_made=tower is not suitable for most BTS. Today especially in towns most BTS are mounted on roofs. Today you try to avoid mounting BTS on high towers. The antennas (the only part of a bts you can see) should not be installed higher than 30-50m above ground level. So I approved this request. It would be nice to have a tag to note the kind of mobile network (GSM - 2G, UMTS - 3G and upcoming LTE - 4G) --Telegnom 12:59, 17 April 2009 (UTC)
I think, we should distinguish between the physical structure like concrete tower, lattice tower, power tower, chimney etc. which is a useful landmark, and the logical function of the base station, which can be an attribute to a node object or a single node on top of a building. Antennas are sometimes mounted below the roof and invisible from outside.
Operator and network should allow to include other radio systems like TETRA, TETRAPOL, GSM-Rail, etc.
"bts" doesn´t belong to "amenity". Maybe it can be "man_made".
I don´t like the name "bts". Openstreetmap has talking names.
--Seawolff 22:36, 9 May 2009 (UTC)
- "amenity" may not be a good choice, but "man_made" isn't either, because this wouldn't allow one to combine it with man_made=tower. --Schuetzm 19:53, 14 December 2009 (UTC)
Is there any method to determine the type of radio system for non technical users on the ground? I think a cell id couldn't be assigned directly to a BTS? --!i! 22:16, 4 June 2009 (UTC)
Well, a bts is just a bts, lots of BTS are controlled by a BSC, which are controlled by MSC, which are... OTOH, I think though that it should be man_made, because it's not like a toilet or a phone booth, you don't look for a bts, your phone does it for you, and it's not something people usually know about. Mat 20:58, 5 June 2009 (UTC)
The symbol only reflects one BTS. In real life BTS are often gathered by 2 or 3. If the goal is only to map a point of interest the proposed symbol is enough. If the goal is to map different BTS as BTS we need 3 symbols as well as a good azimuth of them on a map. --Dblas 13:43 19 August 2009 (UTC)
In cities there are not visible BTS in almost each street and many indoor BTS. And with upcoming femtocells you could tag each house as a BTS in the future. It makes no sense to map them. I would like to tag BTS-towers and for this an additional tag for man_made=tower is more suitable. Lesi 21:40, 17 October 2009 (UTC)
new proposal: man_made=base_transceiver_station
to me the function is more important than the look. whether it is a tower or mast or something else may be tagged seperately --Fx99 19:32, 15 June 2010 (UTC)
- To me service=base_tranceiver_station sounds most logical, than it can be attached to the towers and masts already tagged with man_made=tower and man_made=mast --Skippern 20:01, 15 June 2010 (UTC)
Whats the "amenity"-part of that station besides the fact, that everybody with a cellphone indirectly uses the bts?