50,461 Green Sites and Counting
A Pioneering Diesel-Free Initiative in the Telecom Industry
Indus has created 50,461 Green Sites where Zero diesel is used
How the Indus Tower Green Sites Project Came to Be
Given our country’s unreliable grid power availability, an Indus telecom site first uses energy sources like Grid Power and then relies on Diesel Generator (DG) & Batteries. In certain geographies that we operate in, there is no electricity supply at all. Indus cell sites have telecom equipment that requires 24x7 year-round continuous power supply to support the service.
It was against this backdrop that the Indus Towers Green Sites Project was conceived, to run telecom network operations without using diesel as power backup, yet without compromising the network uptime. Launched in Aug 2011, the Indus Towers Green Sites Project flagged off with 6 major cities - Mumbai, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Chandigarh, Palanpur & Gandhinagar – being declared Green. Green Cities were those cities with telecom sites within the limits of the Municipal Corporation, where no diesel would be consumed for cell site operations.
In FY11-12 Indus focused on making cities green, but saw a huge opportunity for site level transformations in many pockets where conversion of citiesat the current level of technology was not feasible. Accordingly, the project focus transformed to a more micro level from “Green City” to “Green Sites”. As of 31st March 2016, 50,461 sites, comprising 42% of Indus’ portfolio of towers, are Green.
The Indus Towers Green Sites Project has translated intodirect financial gains for all stakeholders. In the Indian telecom infrastructure industry, energy costs are almost 50% of the total operating cost of a site. Hence benefits are derived over the long term by eliminating the use of diesel. It has enabled the average consumer in a particular locality to use a mobile network that runs on greener energy. It has also given an impetus to the equipment manufacturers to develop green telecom technology. This initiative has improved the image of the telecom industry as being socially responsible and environment friendly. But most importantly, it has reduced India’s carbon footprint.
Innovative Technological Solutions
Indus has also come up with other innovative ways of reducing expenses by the use of technological solutions deployed at these sites.
As all telecom equipment work under a temperature-controlled environment, we need to operate air conditioners at all the sites. By installing Free Cooling Units, we allow heat transfer between the ambient and shelter when the temperature is low (winters and night time). This heat transfer results in reduced energy consumption and carbon emissions. 15000 FCUs have been installed so far.
Additionally, 2500 sites have Smart Battery charging solutions for faster charging, leading to energy savings. The use of DC Diesel Generators results in operating expense savings as high as 40%
Awards & Accolades
Indus Towers has once again won the coveted GSMA Green Mobile Award at the prestigious GSMA Awards Ceremony held in Barcelona, Spain in March 2015. This is our second win and our fourth nomination for the award. The GSMA Global Mobile Awards recognize and celebrate the contributions made to the ever-evolving mobile telecommunication industry. Attracting entries from across the world, this award is judged by a panel of independent, highly respected judges, and presented at the Mobile World Congress, the mobile industry’s annual gathering of around 70,000 senior industry leaders, executives, media, analysts and influencers.
With this award, Indus’ Green Award tally goes up to 9. This achievement speaks volumes for our green practices, initiatives and innovation, and is especially notable as it is recognized by industry bodies like the GSM Association, CII, KPMG-Qimpro and Amity. As we continue with our green endeavours, we envisage Indus Towers to be diesel-free, yet delivering over 99.95% uptime and a world class telecom