Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Digicel Suriname Installs Solar-Powered Base Station with Ericsson

Digicel Group,

the largest mobile telecommunications operator in the Caribbean, has deployed a solar-powered base station site in remote areas of Suriname.

The solution is based on Ericsson's main remote GSM base station RBS 2111, which is one in a series of energy-optimized, base stations from Ericsson. It has a smaller environmental footprint than a standard base station, consuming up to 50 percent less energy. As part of the agreement, Ericsson will also supply MINI-LINK TN all-outdoor transmission, solar panels and battery back-up solutions. Ericsson will also be responsible for network deployment and systems integration.

Ericsson said the deployment marks a first in South America.

Ericsson's solar radio-site solution allows autonomous sites to be deployed in remote areas that have limited access to the electricity grid. It helps reduce total cost of ownership by cutting energy-related operating and maintenance costs. It also improves the environmental performance of mobile networks.

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