FLIPPING THE SWITCH ON ENERGY EFFICIENCY

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

MTS continues to roll-out 3G networks. By the end of the second quarter 2011 we have installed more than 16,000 3G base stations extending 3G coverage to more than 2,000 population centers.  But with this growth comes the challenge of providing electricity to these expanding networks.  Energy expense accounts for a considerable share of the operational cost for telecommunications networks.

 

With this in mind, it may seem quite bold to publicly announce a goal at MTS of reducing electricity consumption costs by 4%. This goal is one of the metrics associated with the company’s recently-launched Energy Efficiency Program – the other key (and also highly ambitious) goal is a 5-6% reduction in gas consumption costs by the end of 2011.

 

MTS plans to generate these savings through a number of cost-savings initiatives including:

 

·         Using M2M modules for online monitoring of energy consumption by base stations and other elements of

          networks' infrastructure;

·         Installation of free cooling equipment for base stations;

·         Utilization of Moscow region hydrogen power as an alternative energy source;

·         Utilization of solar batteries as power sources for base power stations; and

·         Modernization of the lighting system, which incorporates the use of energy efficient light bulbs, adjusting

          lighting levels depending on the time of day.

 

Along with the cost savings, analysis by GigaOm Pro and Pike Research shows that the world’s telecom companies can expect to see a 42 percent decrease in CO2 emissions through the installation of energy efficient network technology to base stations. So it doesn’t just make good business sense but environmental sense as well.

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