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Huawei, Grameen turn to solar-powered BTS in Bangladesh

Huawei has been selected by Grameenphone (GP), a subsidiary of Telenor, to deploy solar-powered Base Transceiver Stations (BTS) in Bangladesh. Huawei will install its 4G base stations using a solar and diesel generator hybrid power solution to provide mobile connectivity in rural areas. The BTS will primarily be powered by harnessing solar energy without having to be linked to an electricity grid; diesel generators will be used as a backup.
"As Bangladesh's key telecom operator and a responsible corporate citizen, GP is committed to investing in green mobile network," said Oddvar Hesjedal, GP's CEO. "Huawei' s competitive green power solution helps us utilise renewable energy and reduce our CO2 emissions while providing even better broadband services to our customers."
Once deployed, the new system will improve GP's network performance by preventing service interruption, a previously persistent challenge in Bangladesh due to power instability. It will also lower fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, and reduce the cost of refueling and site visits, thereby lowering GP's total cost of ownership. These savings will offset GP's capital investment in just two to three years.
"We are delighted to be the main provider for GP's solar-powered BTS project," Tony Zhang, President of Huawei Bangladesh, said. "As a responsible corporate citizen, Huawei is actively committed to environment protection and the sustainable development of local societies. Green technology is one of Huawei' s most important strategies and we will continue to pursue cutting-edge, cost-lowering green solutions for all of our operator customers in Bangladesh and around the world." 

* Grameenphone is the largest telecommunications service provider in Bangladesh with more than 21 million subscribers as of March 2009. It has a nationwide EDGE-enabled network, covering nearly the entire population. Winner of three GSMA Global Mobile Awards, Grameenphone is a joint venture between Telenor of Norway (62%) and Grameen Telecom of Bangladesh (38%).

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