Viom Networks Limited, a joint venture between Tata Teleservices and Quippo, a SREI Group enterprise, plans to reduce its carbon footprint by running 25 to 30 percent of its telecom towers on alternative sources. This green initiative will get implemented in the next two years.
Umang Das, President of Viom Networks, said, “We are targeting to run over 2,000 towers on solar power in the next two years. Our target is to run over 25-30 per cent on alternate energy sources in the same period.”
He added that their solar-based projects have resulted in reduction of diesel consumption by around 50 per cent. Viom has conducted electrolysis-based fuel cells trials and is also exploring the possibility of using piped natural gas to run their sites.
Currently the company is operating over 38,000 towers in the country. Umang Das said, “The outcome of all these initiatives is very encouraging and these are being appreciated by our customers,” he said. According to estimates, the Indian telecom tower industry has about 3.5 lakh towers and over Rs 8,500 crore is spent a year on diesel to run these sites.
Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has also made recommendations to promote use of energy efficient technologies to reduce carbon emissions. Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, in a report, had said in the next five years, at least 50 per cent of rural towers and 33 per cent of urban towers are to be powered by hybrid power.