Ericsson has announced a solar-driven main-remote GSM base station deployed in conjunction with PT Telekomunikasi Selular, a provider of cellular telecommunications services.
The deployment is expected to provide macro coverage in the untapped areas of Sumatra and address the mobile communications needs in the rural areas in Indonesia. The site does not require diesel fuel and has maintenance-free batteries, providing wider coverage while reducing network operating expenses and total cost of ownership.
The Main-Remote GSM base station RBS 2111 is part of the Ericsson Communications Expander portfolio. It has a smaller environmental footprint than a standard base station, consuming up to 60% less energy. The remote radio unit is placed at the top of the tower, reducing feeder loss and power use. The solution is also easy to deploy, with the heaviest component weighing only 35kg.
Jan Signell, president at Ericsson Southeast Asia, said: This alternative energy site solution helps Telkomsel address the challenge of bringing coverage to areas with limited access to the electricity grid. It can reduce their operational expenses and bring connectivity to untapped areas in Sumatra, and reflects Ericsson’s commitment to bringing communications to all.