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Telecom towers must be powered by renewable tech, suggests DoT panel

According to reports, a committee set up by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has recommended that all telecom sites should use renewable energy technology units to run the network. The units would also help in maintaining the quality of service without depending on the external power grid or diesel, the regulatory body said in its report on ‘Implementation of Renewable Energy Technology in the Telecom Sector’.

The regulatory body also suggested various modes of green solutions – such as solar energy, wind energy, biomass energy, fuel cells, hybrid power systems and battery technologies — to power telecom towers in the country.

The installation of solar photovoltaic cells would help in powering most of the rural exchanges, adequately cutting down harmful greenhouse gases, it added. It also recommended implementing outdoor distributed antenna systems in uncovered, isolated, scattered and small locations, as well as support from external financial agencies such as the World Bank, Asian Development Bank or lenders in the country for softer interest loans, longer tenures and delayed payment basis. The industry should also optimise the power requirement by adopting energy-efficient strategies in the base transceiver stations and eliminating the usage of diesel, it recommended. There are about 5.85 lakh telecom towers in the country, catering to 7.36 lakh BTS.

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