The GSMA are advancing the claims of "green solutions" in the mobile industry and have announced a target for the number of sites to go green during the next year but to date it seems that operators are still stuck in the same old power supply chain that they have always used. I have personally been invited to tender to numerous operators in MEA for "green" power solutions but no-one seems to want to really buy. Solar is too expensive, wind is unreliable and generators are very cheap are the responses I always seem to get.
The company I work for are a supplier of standard rectifiers and solutions to the GSM market and we are continuing to sell in large numbers but we are frustrated that having developed a solution that provides a 50% to 85% OPEX reduction per year, that we are unable to sell it. An additional benefit is that the solution reduces the carbon footprint of sites by a similar margin and we can also offer a wind turbine option that further reduces both OPEX and Carbon Emissions. CAPEX is not significantly more than the standard system but operators seem only to want the cheapest solution available irrespective of OPEX.
Is the problem due to cost only or are the concerns of the GSMA and the global community at large not really of any concern to mobile operators. I would like to know if there are any interested parties out there in the GSM community that would like to actually do something about reducing OPEX and Carbon Emissions.