Indian mobile operator Idea Cellular, Ericsson and the GSMA's Development Fund have joined together to develop biofuels as a source of power for wireless network in rural India.
These organizations will use biofuels to power mobile base stations and the pilot project will come in Pune, Maharashtra. In the first phase of the project will incorporate the testing the feasibility of non-edible plant based fuels like cotton and jatropha. The second of the project will ninvolve setting up a supply chain using locally grown crops to produce biodiesel to power between 5-10 base stations across the state. Biofuels will help to further extend mobile coverage into these areas bringing major economic and social benefits to rural communities. The GSMA's Development Fund is set up to catalyze the role of mobile technology in social, economic and environmental development. According to Mats Granryd, managing director, Ericsson India, this initiative step will also involve local communities in the wireless revolution and taking the benefits of technology to the masses.