Cell towers – What are CIDs, LACs and TACs

29 Mar 2022
DISH Network's COW, or Cell On Wheels, towers.

Whenever you make a call or use mobile data, your phones is connecting to one specific cell tower. To be more precise, your phone is connecting to one of those sector antennas on a particular mast. See image above.

Each of these sector antennas has a unique identification. A CID – Cell ID, and a LAC, Location Area Network.

Using Network Cell Info Lite app on our phone we can actually see this information.

When you are close to a cell tower, you will notice the signal power on your phone go very high.

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