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Hello, I am a consultant in the telecom industry and wanted to be part of this community. I am currently working on researching the cell coverage & infrastructure globally and thought the work that the team is doing here is great.

I was wondering if there’s a guide around how to use the dataset to create some statistics on the number of cell towers by operator/country.

Thanks for your help!

Bader Fazea


Hello Bader, :slight_smile:

Thank you for your kind words. I believe the guys over at www.mcc-mnc.com are already doing similar work. They constantly update their data from a number of different sources.

Another great list grouped by country is on wikipedia (link). I know, Wikipedia isn’t always preferred, but the references do a good job of providing sources.

I hope this helps! You can mail us at [email protected] for more details.


Hi, My name is Minttu. I would like to locate cell towers in India. I have the the Cell ID, MCC and MNC, but I am not sure how to go on from there. Could you help me please?

Best regards, Minttu


Hey Minttu,

Do you want to locate a particular cell tower? If so, you can see our handy guide here: Link

If you want to extract all cells belonging to a particular region, you can follow the guide here: Link


Hi, I am researching global availability/accessibility of technology among farmers. I am hoping to find a way to approximate the range of cell towers in this dataset. It seems (after a bit of research about cell tower range variability) that this is an extremely big task. Does anyone have advice on an approximate (even crude) way to approximate cell tower range?




Hey Mollie, thanks for reaching out!

I believe there are three levels challenges here:

  1. Determining the approximate farming areas in every country
  2. Figuring out the cells present in these areas
    3 Extrapolating coverage

1 is relatively easy to determine. I believe you’ll find reports of fertile land in each country. You’ll have to convert these area’s in terms of coordinates.
2 can be done by extracting cells present for those areas. (we have a topic in this forum that explains how to do that)
3 Can be done by understanding the radio type. (https://www.telcoantennas.com.au/site/guide-to-mobile-networks). Each radio type has an approximate coverage range. If you extrapolate an area for each cell, you’ll get approximate coverage in any particular coordinate.


Hi Sagar,

Thank you for your advice! This is very helpful. I just have a few more questions about determining cell tower coverage. I assume you mean that I can use the radio type (e.g., UMTS, GSM) to determine the radio frequencies that each radio uses, and from there determine the approximate distance that the frequencies would attenuate in a flat terrain. However, after reading up more on each radio type, I realize that they each use a wide range of frequencies, so the attenuation would also be wide ranging for each tower. Would you then suggest that I just approximate a range of coverage from the potential frequencies for each tower? Or can you think of a way to be more specific in determining range?



Mollie, getting into frequency bands would make the process challenging. Plus, OpenCellID wouldn’t be able to tell you what frequency the cell is operating on. I suggest using the radio type to estimate a coverage range. It is a fairly straightforward approach.

Also, i would suggest ignoring terrains and their effects on coverage - that would complicate things further.


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