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Telenor sets up solar-powered base stations in Bangladesh
January 2008 - Grameenphone, the largest mobile provider in Bangladesh, 62 per cent of which is owned by Telenor, recently installed two hybrid solar-powered base station sites. The solar-powered base station is globally quite a new concept and has been installed in only a few countries so far.
"This is another pioneering initiative by Grameenphone. It will not only help overcome the electricity supply problem but it will also be good for the environment," observes Grameenphone CEO Anders Jensen. "If these pilot installations are successful we will set up more such solar-powered base stations in other areas of the country in the near future."
The two sites have been designed to discharge power to the base stations for three consecutive days, without any sunlight to recharge. This backup system will ensure Grameenphone's network availability in case of any prolonged inadvertent shutdown of the national power grid.
While setting up these solar-powered base stations are quite expensive, the cost of maintenance of the sites is quite low.
Grameenphone has the largest network with the widest coverage around the country, bringing 98 per cent of the population under the coverage of its network. The company recently commissioned its 10,000th base station. These 10,000 base stations are located in about 5,700 sites around the country.
The entire Grameenphone network is also EDGE/GPRS enabled, allowing Grameenphone's subscribers to access the Internet from anywhere within its coverage area.