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Telecom Egypt partners with Huawei Technologies to implement Africa’s first green tower

Telecom Egypt partners with Huawei Technologies to implement Africa’s first green tower

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Telecom Egypt, the first integrated operator of communications and Information Technology services in Egypt, in cooperation with Huawei Technologies, a leading global provider of information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure and smart devices, has announced the implementation of the first eco-friendly, integrated solution to provide mobile networks via utilising environmentally friendly tower made of Fibre Reinforced Polymer (FRP), with wireless availability.

Through this co-operation, Telecom Egypt will become the first operator in Egypt and Africa to install this green tower which will serve as the optimum steel alternative, which causes high emissions of carbon dioxide. 

The tower is approximately 18m high, with a special camouflage fence made of environmentally friendly materials, supported by integrated wireless access solutions and a green solar energy system. The tower is characterised by its high resistance in severe environmental conditions, such as corrosion due to exposure to chemicals and high temperatures.

Managing Director and CEO of Telecom Egypt, Adel Hamed, said that the implementation of this type of mobile site in Egypt is unprecedented and has also underscored the efforts done by all those in charge of the project and their capability of implementing the entire site in a timely manner and a systematic way, as per the best international quality standards that have to do with the green concept solutions. 

Telecom Egypt’s green external sites also depend on modern technologies for wireless access devices, such as the technology of antennas integrated with signal amplifiers, which contribute to reducing the energy consumption of one site by about 40%, if compared to traditional sites. It also relies on state-of-the-art versions of operating software that support the latest features, pertinent to energy saving, such as turning off signal amplifiers for some frequencies during low load hours, which helps reduce energy consumption by an average of 24%.

Jim Liu, CEO of Huawei Egypt, confirmed that the company dedicated great attention to developing the infrastructure of ICT in Egypt which is why they have joined hands with Telecom Egypt.

Liu added that Huawei is keen on harnessing all the necessary, innovative technologies to save energy and build a sustainable future, which generates zero carbon emissions. He also pointed out that recent studies have shown that FRP poles produce 43% less carbon dioxide emissions, compared to steel and reduce E2E energy consumption by nearly half for manufacturers and related transportation.

Energy solutions for green outdoor sites depend on passive cooling, which eliminates the need for air conditioning and thus leads to a 47% reduction in energy consumption compared to sites with indoor rooms for devices. Liu clarified that the process depends on the integration of solar energy with the main electricity network, with relative dependence on green energy, namely the solar one, as the solar panels will provide about 2 kilowatts, which will lead to a reduction of carbon dioxide emissions by 20%.

It is worth mentioning that the goal of developing an environmentally friendly green site is to use smart materials instead of the traditional ones that were previously used in mobile terminals. For instance, reverting to FRP in manufacturing leads to minimising steel sections up to 95%, which results in minimal pollution to the environment. 

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