Alcatel-Lucent and Vodafone Qatar launch “green” mobile base station


Amr El Leithy, Alcatel president for Middle East and Africa
Alcatel-Lucent and Vodafone Qatar today announced the deployment of the first hybrid powered base station in Qatar, combining solar and wind energy.

Marc Kassis, Head of Alcatel-Lucent business in Qatar, explained that the trial station ”means both reducing the CO2 emissions from our own operations and providing energy efficient solutions to our customers” and “marks an important milestone for our industrial solution”.

Part of a green technology program developed by Vodafone Group to provide green energy sources to its affiliates, the initiative promotes the use of alternative energy solutions for expanding mobile communication in areas where electrical grids are not present and also reducing operating expenses and the environmental impact.

“As the first hybrid solution in Qatar to make use of both wind and solar energy, this achievement increases the availability and quality of mobile services to the end customer, while reducing the impact on the environment.

Our partnership with Alcatel-Lucent has enabled a significant first step toward commercializing the technologies we need to reduce our carbon footprint and make a world of difference for all people in Qatar”, said Jenny Howe, CTO of Vodafone Qatar.

In February 2009, Alcatel-Lucent’s Alternative Energy Program was launched to address the equipping of more than 100 000 mobile base stations with alternative energy solutions between 2010 and 2012, a yearly savings of about 7 million tons of dioxide carbon.

This technology will enable Vodafone to maximize the advantage of the local weather conditions, reduce ongoing costs and improve maintenance in remote areas. The hybrid energy powered base station draws its power from both photovoltaic panels and wind turbine, based on solar intensity and wind speed, while providing a full monitoring system of real-time tracking energy parameters.

Vodafone Qatar is the holder of the second public mobile telecommunications networks and services license in the State of Qatar, granted on 29 June 2008.

Alcatel-Lucent is one of the global providers in fixed, mobile and converged broadband networking, IP technologies, applications and services for service providers, enterprises and governments worldwide, offering solutions to deliver voice, data and video communication services to end-users in more than 130 countries.

Alcatel-Lucent uses technical and scientific expertise of Bell Labs, one of the largest innovation powerhouses in the communications industry.

Bell Labs, Alcatel-Lucent’s research arm, is the organizer of the Green Touch™ initiative, an international industry consortium dedicated to substantially reducing ICT’s carbon footprint by a factor of 1.000 in the next five years.

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