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Case Study

Relocatable Poles for Mining: Northwest Towers at Cote Mine

ARE Telecom was contracted by Northwest Towers to install multiple poles in an open-pit mine near Ontario, Canada.

AFS 350

Ballasted System - 50' Tilt-Up Pole
Ontario, Canada
Northwest Tower
Completed Installation

The Need

Northwest Towers was in need to install several poles across Cote Mine. One of the key challenges faced by Cote Mine was establishing a robust and reliable communication network across their expansive mining site. They were in need of a solution that could provide stable support for their communication equipment, withstand harsh weather conditions, allow for easy installation and maintenance, and a system that allows for relocating as mining locations change.


Thanks to ARE Telecom’s expertise and innovative solutions, Northwest Tower deployed 7 AFS 350 systems to provide stable and reliable communication throughout the mine. This has improved safety, coordination, and productivity resulting in more efficient mining operations.

Project Benchmarks

  • Pre-assembled in ARE yard resulted in fast installation and less time installing during winter months
  • Above ground foundation required no digging
  • Customization and flexibility
  • Permanent or temporary

Project Resources

  • 2-man crew
  • 1 day
  • Telehandler


  • Limited space and access
  • Need to relocate system
  • Extreme weather conditions
  • Highly regulated Canadian Mine industry standards

1 Truck Loaded

ARE trailer loaded with 2 AFS 350's

2 Offload Truck

Offload truck using a telehandler

3 Foundation

Set foundation in place

4 Complete Foundation

Once foundation is set, add system components

5 Set pole

Set pole on foundation and raise with ARE's 20T raising system