14. Telecom & IT Infrastructure

Energy Storage for Telecom and IT

India today has the second largest and fastest growing mobile telephone market in the world. There are between 15 and 20 million new mobile subscribers each month. The number of telecom towers is currently around 400,000 and with the number of wireless subscribers is set to reach 1 billion over the next year, and an additional 250,000 mobile towers will be required.

With the pan-India deployment of 3G and broadband wireless technologies, more energy storage will continue to be required. Diesel generators account for 35 to 70% (urban-rural) of the power generator for a telecom tower, with the remainder met by grid-connected power. Approximately 2 billion of liters of diesel are consumed each year by power to the telecom towers. With the rising costs of diesel (which is heavily subsidized in India) and the pilferage concerns (in some places upwards of 26%), battery technology has emerged as the oil equivalent for the telecom sector. As a result, energy storage solutions will form an integral part of the strategy away from diesel and fossil-fuel power generation to renewable energy technology in India.


IESA KPN brings the latest advancements in Energy Storage from around the world to India. Specific storage solutions are assessed for their suitability and long term relevance, taking into account the local conditions for a sustainable growth. IESA also has an active dialogue with the concerned state and central statutory bodies in terms of policy regulations and framework to make the overall roadmap conducive and become future ready.

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