A solar radio-site system from Ericsson will provide enough clean energy to power Digicel’s network coverage in remote areas of Suriname, the company announced.
The system will help Digicel, the largest mobile telecommunications operator in the Caribbean, lower its energy consumption, reduce operating and maintenance costs and reduce the company’s environmental impact.
Ericsson’s main remote GSM base station RBS 2111, has a smaller environmental footprint than a standard base station, and consumes up to 50 percent less energy, according to the company.
Ericsson will also supply its all-outdoor transmission, solar panels and battery back-up products.
Mobile carriers in general are looking for ways to improve energy efficiency.
Nokia has said that it wants to cut energy consumption at some of its mobile base stations by up to 40 percent by 2010. Vodafone has announced plans to reduce its carbon-dioxide emissions by 50 percent by 2020.
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