ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s leading Telecommunication Company Telenor has allocated $30 Million for the purpose of installing solar-run power supplies at 5000 cellular sites across Pakistan.
The project is estimated to run its course for a period of 3 years, in which 2,800 of these cellular sites will be upgraded with the new power supplies for Telenor in Pakistan.
According to the company which solar-based power systems at the base transceiver station (BTS) points would allow Telenor to reduce operational costs by as much as 25-30%.
“The long suggested solution had been available for a few years; it had not been viable due to the technology being expensive back then.” Telenor spokesman told thenewstribe.com.
It was further explained that the BTS towers would not depend entirely on electricity produced by solar energy, as other sources of energy would also be consumed in parallel.
A total of 37,576 telecom operator sites are spread across different parts of Pakistan, effectively covering around 92% of the country’s land area.
Work on the solar-run sites for Telenor Pakistan in Chitral, Upper Dir, and Lower Dir is already underway, for which the company has been rewarded by the Universal Service Fund.