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Diverse Winners of Green Mobile Awards

GSMA's Global Mobile Awards' Green Mobile Awards are for "mobile industry organisations that are focused on the reduction of environmental impacts through eco-friendly, innovative policies, products, programmes or initiatives, as well as organisations outside of the industry that utilise the mobile platform to communicate, innovate or drive eco-friendly programmes, services and initiatives." Here's a look at the 2009-2013 winners and at the trend toward greener mobile base stations.

2009-2013 Winners

  • 2013 Green Mobile Award:
    Indus Towers for Green Sites Project project to run telecom network operations without using diesel backup

  • 2012 Green Mobile Award:
    Flexenclosure for E-site green base station site power management solution

  • 2011 Green Mobile Award for Best Green Product/Service or Performance:
    Bharti Infratel for GreenTowers P7 Project

  • 2010 Green Mobile Award for Best Product, Service or Initiative:
    VNL for solar-powered GSM base station

  • 2010 Green Network Award:
    Moçambique Celular S.A.R.L (mcel) for Eco Naturalmente (“Naturally Thinking Green”)

  • 2009 Best Overall Contribution to the Environment:

  • 2009 Green Mobile Award for Best Product, Service or Initiative:
    SMART Communications – Alternative Power for Cell Sites program

More award-winning products at CTIA Wireless Green Telecom & Smart Energy Awards.

Project/Technology Details and Related Information

The 2013 citation notes that Indus has 17,500 green sites and quotes the judges as commenting, “This solution fundamentally improves the financial and ecological challenges associated with providing access to communications for the next billion global users.”

Some of India-based Bharti Infratel's "Going Green' initiatives are:

  • Solar DG Hybrid: The project helps in massively reducing noise and emissions from DG sets and also helps in reducing dependency on diesel, thereby contributing towards low energy intensity and better energy security.
  • Variable Speed DCDG: Variable speed DCDG project helps in reducing dependency on diesel thus further contributing towards low energy intensity and better energy security.
  • Fuel Cells, DCFCU, IPMS, GenX & Fuel Catalyst: All 5 sub-projects help out in improving local community impact by reducing noise and emission from DG sets and also giving more opportunities for reducing diesel consumption

Phlippine wireless provider SMART, a subsidiary of PLDT, has been operating its Alternative Power for Cell Sites program since 2008. The company " uses renewable energy sources to power cell sites in “off-grid locations” or areas where setting up and operating a cell site is not normally feasible.  To date [Feb 09], Smart has about 68 cell sites in different areas across the Philippines powered by renewable energy.  Of this figure, 41 are run by wind energy while 27 are hybrid – using both wind and solar energy."

Moçambique Celular's Eco Naturalmente (“Naturally Thinking Green”) program was introduced in 2007 to replace diesel powered cell sites with " 100% Solar Hybrid powered" ones. " To date….annual CO2 emissions are reduced by over 5,000 tons, with 7,000 tons targeted by the end of 2010." The program "has not only resulted in Mcel being able to offer connectivity in remote locations outside the electricity grid, OPEX savings of USD 405,000.00 per annum at current oil prices; a CAPEX payback of around 12 months per site, have been achieved."

India telecom equipment manufacturer VNL call's its WorldGSM™ "the world's first truly sustainable mobile network." "By some estimates, India alone already uses over 1.8 billion litres of diesel fuel every year to power Base Stations when the grid is not present or not available. This does not include the fuel needed to transport fuel to the mobile sites." The company cites these advantages of its product: "Solar Powered – needs only 50 – 120W per base station compared to the 3000W required for traditional GSM. Each site can be powered by a 2-8m² solar panel, rather than the 200 m² panel required to power a traditional GSM base station...allowing for the use of solar power as the single energy source. No diesel generators are required."

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