Every year, 120,000 new base stations are deployed servicing 400 million new
mobile subscribers around the world. Remote regions of India often rely on
inefficient diesel generators for power, which significantly grow the carbon
footprint. Operational costs in remote areas are aggravated more due to
transportation difficulties and the fact that diesel costs have risen 100% since
It is expected that deregulation of diesel prices, if continued with current
regulatory fees, tax structure and marketing margin, would result in an increase
in diesel price further in upcoming days. In other words, energy costs could
constitute more than 90% of the cost of operating telecom towers, everything
else being constant.
So, to curb the power issues and to reduce carbon
emissions, it has become imperative for the telecom industries to evaluate all
alternative options. The growing cost of energy due to diesel prices and concerns
over rising greenhouse emissions have caused tower infrastructure companies to
focus on better power management methods.
Various methods in the categories
of demand management, supply management and renewable energy
technologies (RETs) are being adopted.