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62,000 Green Sites and Counting

A Pioneering Diesel-Free Initiative in the Telecom Industry

Indus has created 62,000 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 August 2017, 62,000 sites, comprising 50% 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

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Did You Know?
  • Indus' far-reaching
    footprint gives a
    fisherman in Kerala
    crucial real-time access
    to the best price for his
    perishable catch

  • Over 50,000 livelihoods
    have been generated
    by Indus Towers,
    additional spin-off jobs
    created by its network
    of vendors, customers
    and partners
  • Indus has saved
    India a spectacular
    US$3 billion in capital
    sharing telecom
  • Indus has made
    the mobile phone
    for India’s
    sabziwallah, coolie and
    milkman, increasing their
    earning potential manifold
  • Indus is bridging the
    rural-urban divide
    the small-time farmer
    in Uttar Pradesh gains
    access to a transparent
    market price and bigger
  • Indus’ TOC holds the
    potential to host a rural
    healthcare network
    help track immunizations
    or manage epidemics
  • Indus is affording the
    schoolgirl in Rajasthan
    the chance to use
    learning opportunities
  • Indus’ solar powered
    telecom towers
    leading the way for
    clean, low cost energy
    in india
  • Indus’ TOC can host
    key e-governance
    such as
    census profiling, tracking
    Unique Identity Database
    Numbers (UIDs) or the
    fair distribution of
    rationed items
  • Of every 5 calls made in
    India, 3 are made
    through an Indus site.


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