Telecommunications Energy Solutions
By the end of 2014, there were more mobile devices in use than people on Earth. And by 2018 there will be over 10 billion mobile-connected devices — nearly 1.4 devices for every one of the world’s 7.6 billion people — with global mobile data traffic expected to increase 11-fold. 1 Such explosive growth of cellular telecommunication subscriptions and traffic is driving demand for additional telecom towers and expanded networks all across the globe, especially in developing and emerging countries.
The World Bank estimates that over 75% of the world’s population now uses a cell phone,2 and Analysys Mason, a telecommunications research firm, predicts that 3 out of 4 base stations will be deployed in emerging markets by 2017. As cellular networks expand their global coverage, telecom towers are increasingly located in regions with an unreliable or nonexistent power grid. Towers might be sited in remote locations (mountaintops, forests and jungles, deserts) where the grid does not reach, or in areas with notoriously unstable grid supplies of electricity. As a result, telecom tower companies (towercos) as well as telcos in these regions depend on diesel generators as their primary source of power.
However, in recent years the costs associated with diesel generation have increased significantly. Not only has the price of diesel almost doubled in the past decade, but refueling and maintaining generators (diesel generators frequently break down) in remote sites is expensive. Diesel theft is also a problem that adds to the expense. The costs associated with running diesel generators for long hours every day at telecom tower sites can be more than 20% of the total revenue of such companies.
Based on the above, power supply using renewable energy such as solar power is expected to become the next alternative to grid as well as diesel dependency. House of Procurement solutions will enable efficient management of mixed power such as grid and solar, including but not limited to lithium ion batteries offering high-speed charging and longer battery life, and prediction of solar power generation and energy consumption by House of procurements state-of-the-art data analytics.