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Challenges faced by telecom operators in achieving carbon neutrality

According to TRAI (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India), telecom towers in India consume nearly 2 billion liters of fuel and emit 10 million tons of CO2 every year. Since 60 percent of the towers are located in energy deficit areas, telecom operators are pressurized to solely depend on diesel generators for powering the towers.

TRAI green telecom telecommunications program has imposed telecom operators to reduce their greenhouse gas emission by 5 percent in the current financial year, with a 17 percent reduction target for 2019. Other issues that are of major concern for the telcos are fuel pilferage at remote site, logistics on fuel replenishment and maintenance of Diesel Generator (DG) sets.

Recommendations to reduce carbon footprint

M2M applications have the potential to transform every sector of business and society by enabling proactive decision, process optimization, and creating innovative business models.

As the cell tower sites are spanning across the country in a rapid pace, major challenges faced by cell tower operators are the shrinking margins, increasing carbon footprint and escalating operating costs in maintaining the remote sites.

Optimizing energy consumption and monitoring passive assets across the remote sites by deploying M2M solution will facilitate energy efficiency and effective utilization of passive assets.Deployment of M2M applications will enable the operators to improve margin by energy management, effective logistics, centralized control of passive assets and secured remote sites.

 WebNMS M2M offerings 

The role of M2M solutions in a Cell Tower site facilitates to overcome the bottlenecks of operators by drastically reducing operational costs (which includes security, power, and logistics) and averting downtime.

WebNMS Cell Tower Manager (CTM) consists of RTU (Remote Terminal Unit) and central monitoring software. WebNMS CTM enables telecom tower companies to specifically address the operational pain points like fuel and power pilferage, escalating operating costs and environmental concerns, and derive at a solution to optimize asset utilization and reduce carbon footprint.

The easy–to–use client interface coupled with big data analytics capabilities of WebNMS Cell Tower Manager provides a clear picture of the remote assets, their location, performance, energy consumption and   alarm details of the telecom tower site, along with continuous watch on the power input sources at the site, which is the major concern at any cell tower. WebNMS powered telecom site can slash operating costs more than 50 percent, carbon footprint by 35 percent and can surge asset utilization by 98 percent.

Telcos can achieve their carbon target with WebNMS Cell tower Manager by effective energy management of passive assets and optimum utilization of the battery. Big data and advanced analytics capabilities of WebNMS Cell Tower Manager comprehensive visibility of energy consumption across sites.