Country’s second biggest telecom operator Vodafone India moved 265 towers on green technology in financial year 2012-13, taking their total number to 2,700 (out of the total 115,268 they own). Incidentally Vodafone has also reported decrease in diesel consumption by about 4% over FY’13. It is estimated that more than 2 billion litres of diesel is used to run generator-sets to ensure uninterrupted power supply that in turn allows continuous mobile connectivity even in rural areas where grid electricity is in short supply. India has about 400,000 mobile phone towers in all, more than half of which depend on diesel for all-day operations.
TRAI had recommended (accepted by GoI) that telecom companies should use renewable energy to power 50% of their mobile towers in rural areas and 33% in urban areas by 2015. It is also learnt that Vodafone has entered into partnership with The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI). Independent leading industry body Cellular Operators Association of India representing the GSM, CDMA and tower service providers have also engaged TERI to create a blueprint to implement green solutions to reduce their carbon footprint.
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