According to reports, telecom mast operator Indus Towers on Wednesday said 20,000 of its sites across 15 circles or 20 percent of its network is diesel free and it aims to make another 10,000 sites diesel free in the current fiscal.
Indus Towers is a joint venture between telecom majors Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and Idea Cellular and the company has a portfolio of around 1.12 lakh towers in 16 circles.
“On 20,000 sites across 15 circles, there is no diesel use. Battery power is used as a back up on these sites,” Indus Towers Chief Executive B S Shantharaju told reporters here.
He added when the Green Sites project was launched, it was decided to run telecom network operations without using diesel as power backup and without compromising on the network uptime.
Shantharaju said as a result of the initiative, there has been a 15 percent decline in diesel use in the last three years, while its operations have grown over 35 percent during the same period.
Apart from not using diesel at these sites, the company has also deployed other technological solutions, including temperature controlled telecom equipment, to allow heat transfer which reduces energy consumption and carbon emissions.
“Till date, Indus has 20,000 green sites and we will continue to increase this number. We, as a company, are committed to our Green Sites Project,” Indus Towers COO Bimal Dayal said.
The company also has around 900 sites, which run on solar power.
Asked how much sites will be added to the network of Indus Towers this year, Shantharaju said it depends on the demand from the operators.
He added the company has a tenancy ratio of about 1.98.
Tenancy ratio refers to the number of tenants (operators) who have put up their antennae and other active infrastructure on the towers.