Communal Aerial Installations

There are various types of communal aerial installations. Each installation has it’s own advantages and disadvantages. Communal Aerials Ltd has various pages describing communal aerial installations, what you may have and what may be appropriate if you are thinking of upgrading. Below are a list of the main types of communal aerial and satellite systems available with a link to a page with a bigger description for you.

DTT – communal digital TV aerials

IRS – Integrated reception systems

FIRS – fibre IRS – fibre optic IRS

Communal aerial installations planning – to make for happier residents

Planning is perhaps the single most important thing when it comes to a communal aerial system. As any landlord, housing association, managing agent or local authority will tell you, the planning requirement is not just technical. There are quite a few companies out there that are technical. There are not many companies out there that install communal systems with the tenants at the forefront of their agenda.

A communal aerial installation, whether IRS, DTT or FIRS should always plan to minimise any disruption to tenants and plan the best possible communication as a team, to ensure that tenants and residents know what to expect and to get the best from their communal system.

As most people that have managed in whatever form know, if a resident’s TV goes off, there is absolute hell to pay. It can be really stressful!

This easy and often neglected step of communicating as best as possible, stops 98% of complaints and most importantly makes for happier tenants!

  • Plan technical systems and test on paper
  • Liaise with agents, consultants or residents for schedule
  • Inform residents of communal installation schedule with objectives and expectations

Plan in advance - ‘a stitch in time saves nine’.

Communal Installations – BS & CAI standards

Communal aerial installations have more stringent regulations that need to be adhered to from both technical and health and safety view points. A very basic example is that all communal installations that are worked on must be earth bonded, to be able to work on them. If these systems are not bonded and they are worked on and something happens to either the communal aerial engineer or a tenant, then both the communal aerial company and the body responsible can be held accountable. The physical aerial equipment required for communal satellite and aerial systems is also vastly different than for domestic installations. All good communal aerial equipment is CAI benchmarked and carries the kite mark to prove as such.


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Your Digital Aerial may soon need to be upgraded. The official digital upgrade date is 2012 for the London and Greater London areas, which also applies to the majority of the home counties too.