Representing a major step forward for renewable energy use in the Pakistani telecoms industry, Pakistani operator, Warid Telecom, has deployed the country's first solar powered Macro Base Station (M-BTS) site. The site uses a solar powered M-BTS from leading Chinese infrastructure vendor Huawei Technologies.
Huawei's environmentally-friendly solar powered M-BTS allows Warid to extend its network reach into remote areas of Pakistan where there is limited access to the electricity grid. With the continued growth of mobile phone subscribers in Pakistan, operators are expanding network coverage especially in small and medium sized cities, suburban areas, countryside, as well as in mountainous areas with poor transportation links. Many of these remote areas have limited access to the electricity grid, and operators have traditionally used 1+1 Diesel Generator Solutions to power their network sites.
During 2007/8 the price of diesel fuel has more than doubled on the world market even after recent price falls. Many wireless operators find that the cost of fuel for base stations is their largest single operating cost.
Warid Telecom chose to use Huawei's Solar Powered BTS for several reasons. The non-hybrid site is 100% powered on solar energy, thereby reducing carbon dioxide emissions and noise pollution, both of which is harmful to the local environment. The solution also reduces pressure on Pakistan's overall energy supply which further benefits the environment.
Huawei is committed to reducing power consumption and environmental impact of its telecoms equipment through technology innovation. To date, Huawei has introduced renewable energy solutions for mobile communication sites, such as solar solutions, solar & wind hybrid solutions, solar & diesel hybrid solutions. These environmentally-friendly solutions significantly reduce the total cost of ownership in the product life circle, optimizing energy efficiency, and bringing obvious benefits to operators. Huawei's renewable energy solutions provide network coverage to remote areas of the globe, providing communications to more people.