Ericsson Deploys Solar Base Station in Indonesia

Swedish telecom firm Ericsson announced on November 21, 2007 its latest evolution in low-energy telecommunication solutions, a solar-driven and energy-efficient main-remote GSM base station deployed in conjunction with Indonesian operator PT Telekomunikasi Selular (Telkomsel).
The breakthrough deployment will provide macro coverage in the untapped areas of Sumatra and address the mobile communications needs in the rural areas in Indonesia.
The Main-Remote GSM base station RBS 2111 is part of the Ericsson Communications Expander portfolio.

It has a smaller environmental footprint than a standard base station, consuming up to 60% less energy.
The remote radio unit is placed at the top of the tower, reducing feeder loss and power use. The solution is also easy to deploy, with the heaviest component weighing only 35kg.
The new site solution is ideal for deployment in rural areas with limited electricity supply.
The site does not require diesel fuel and has maintenance-free batteries, providing wider coverage while reducing network operating expenses and total cost of ownership.

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