The said BTS will be powered by a solar/diesel hybrid solution to bring connectivity to rural areas, the companies said. According to Huawei, the equipment will run primarily on solar power, with the diesel generator installed as a backup solution.
“As Bangladesh’ s key telecom operator and a responsible corporate citizen, GP is committed to investing in green mobile network,” said Mr. Oddvar Hesjedal, Chief Executive Officer of Grameenphone. “Huawei’ s competitive green power solution helps us utilize 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.”
According to Huawei, it has developed a series of end-to-end green solutions for wireless broadband networks that use a combination of solar, wind and diesel fuel. The solutions are already deployed by Vodafone, Warid, and China Mobile, Huawei said.