Alternatives for Powering Telecommunications Base Stations

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Executive Summary

The last decade has seen exponential growth in wireless communication. The growth of mobile networks coupled with intense competition has sharpened operators' focus on deployment logistics, security, and cost. One challenge is how to power the telecommunication networks. Inconsistent power grid coverage, challenging terrain, and potential theft, add to the cost of traditional fuel based power systems. In addition, legislative pressures and the potential for carbon trading revenues are causing the mobile telecommunications industry to become mindful of its impact on carbon emissions. "Green" considerations are coming into prominence in network design.

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