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Case Study

Enhancing Broadband & Phone Service

VTX1 was in need of a system to support communication antennas in a rural area.

AFS 3000

Ballasted System - 180' Conventional Pole
San Antonio, Texas
Completed Installation

The Need

VTX1, a leading broadband and phone provider in Texas for more than 65 years, purchased ARE Telecom’s patented ballast foundation and 180’ monopole for installation to support antennas.


ARE’s AFS ballasted foundation was assembled and filled with local gravel to provide a permanent foundation for VTX1. Currently used at only 59% capacity, the AFS system allows VTX1 the option to add additional antennas or microwave dishes in the future. The AFS 3000 can also be disassembled within days and relocated to a new site if needed.

Project Benchmarks

  • Custom designed monopole to meet customers current and future needs
  • Waldrop Construction brought on as an ARE Telecom certified installer

Project Resources

  • 4-man crew
  • 4-day assembly
  • Telehandler
  • Crane
  • Air Compressor


  • Above ground ballasted foundation to avoid use of concrete
  • Antenna to be installed at 180’
  • New installation crew with no experience using ARE foundations

1 Level Surface

Create a level surface using gravel or aggregate

2 King Post Assembly

Place king-post in center of leveled ground and set trays around

3 Assembled Legs

Assemble each leg to the king-post and ballast trays

4  Fill Ballast

Assemble sidewalls and fill with ballast

5 Deploy Pole

Attach pole sections with crane