Airtel to migrate 40,000 sites across India to green technology

Bharti Airtel Limited (Airtel) on Wednesday announced migration of 40,000 of its network sites across India to green technology.

In continuation with the company's network transformation programme "Project Leap", the company is now focusing heavily on a series of initiatives towards a greener environment and building sustainable network for the future.

Under "Project Leap," Airtel plans to establish a world-class and future-ready network, while committing to bring down its carbon footprint emission by 70% by 2018.

Gopal Vittal, MD & CEO, Bharti Airtel (India & South Asia), said: "As a responsible corporate, we are concerned about the environment and have undertaken a host of initiatives to promote the use of greener technology. We are committed to bringing down the carbon emission by 70% and are taking all measures including bringing in state-of-art technology and partnering with the best globally."

Additionally, Airtel has adopted a range of methods like reducing power consumption by switching off unused capacity of its network sites during lean periods. It is also reducing power consumption and air wave emissions by optimizing signal transmission between the network and the device.

"We plan to adopt solar and new battery technologies in a big way and double our green network sites by 2020. With a strategic focus on creating a green network, we remain committed to learning from the telecom industry's best practices from across the globe. We are confident that our green measures will work towards speeding up the development of a clean, safe and future ready network that will deliver a world-class service experience for our customers - now, and for years to come", added Vittal.


 The company has already installed roof top solar power capacity base of 770 KWp and plans to increase this capacity to 1 MWp in coming months and enhancing renewable energy wheeling by solar/wind/hydro on core sites - thereby consuming 65 GWH/annum of green energy.


It is also investing heavily into state-of-the-art radio technology that will help optimize both power and space. Of the total network installed base, 60% has been deployed on a zero footprint architecture with no air conditioning thereby reducing dependency on diesel.

More than 40,000 of these green network sites are designed to operate largely on battery-hybrid, lithium-ion and solar hybrid solutions with very little diesel consumption.
(This news story is from The Times of India)