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Telecom operators are looking forward to deploy green wireless solutions

Pankaj Gandhi
Director, Wireless Sales, India, CommScope
 
  TT Correspondent |  | 24/02/2012

CommScope has been increasingly focusing on the production of energy-efficient equipments and solutions. The company is committed towards a greener environment and has recently launched an energy conservation initiative that supports the industry’s global efforts in reducing power consumption, greenhouse gas emissions and operating costs. In an interaction with TelecomTiger Pankaj Gandhi, Director, Wireless Sales, India, CommScope, reveals company’s long term vision.

 

 

Q: What impact the proposed National Telecom Policy 2011 may have on the infrastructure solution provider like CommScope?

 

A: The proposed National Telecom Policy aims to create a knowledge based society through proliferation of broadband, promotion of R&D & product development in telecom, thus making India a global hub for telecom equipment manufacturing.

 

For companies like us, there would be a positive impact as more opportunities would be created in the market. The draft policy has emphasized on the usage of green tech for powering towers and reducing carbon footprint in the telecom sector. This would definitely lead to higher adoption of Green technology.

 

The policy also aims to promote the creation of robust, reliant and resilient communication networks in tune with national needs and in line with international practices. This would help in proliferation of Location Based Services (LBS) and its providers in future.

 

 

Q: Given the crowded telecom sector and the dwindling margins, is it right time for the telcos to go for greener infrastructure solutions?

 

A: It is always a good time for doing the right thing. The telecom operators are really looking forward to deploy Green Wireless Solutions. It is estimated that the operation of telecommunications networks is responsible for 0.5 percent of all carbon dioxide emissions worldwide. With the wireless industry’s heightened awareness of their networks’ environmental impact, operators are seeking ways to rapidly reduce their carbon footprint and contribute to a cleaner environment by reducing carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases that are being blamed as one of the potential causes of global climate change.

 

This is why many operators have set goals to reduce their energy consumption by approximately 25 percent within the next 10 years. The challenge for any new technology deployment is that the cost is high in the initial stage and the cost can only come down with volumes. Another point to note is that average tenancy of tower site (expressed as the fraction of total number of operators sharing the towers/ /total number of sites present) is touching 02 across India i.e. the cost of deploying Green initiative is not accrued to a single Telco but will get distributed.

 

 

Q: What are the benefits of cost-efficient and greener solutions for superior network connectivity?

 

A: CommScope has been increasingly focusing on the production of energy-efficient equipments and solutions. The company is committed towards a greener environment and has recently launched an energy conservation initiative that supports the industry’s global efforts in reducing power consumption, greenhouse gas emissions and operating costs.

 

CommScope Fuels Cells are essentially an alternate energy source to Diesel Gen-sets and battery banks. The supply chain logistics of Diesels has matured over ages and Diesel is available freely. In the case of Fuel Cells, hydrogen is the fuel; which is not as freely available as Diesel, though Hydrogen is generated in abundance by multiple industries as by-product; we are very closely working with our partners & customers to have a sustainable ecosystem for continuous supply of fuel i.e. H2.

 

 

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