Motorola, in conjunction with the GSM Association (GSMA) and MTC Namibia, was selected as a medalist in the category of “Best Use of Green Technology” by the British Computer Society (BCS).
The award was for the wind and solar power system trial that Motorola conducted with the GSMA Development Fund on MTC Namibia’s mobile network cell site at Dordabis village in the Khomas region of Namibia.
The BCS IT Industry Awards is a cross-industry competition that recognises, promotes and acclaims excellence, professionalism, innovation and the outstanding achievements to which individuals and groups contribute.
The “Best Use of Green Technology” category focuses on projects that benefit the environment, including energy savings. By combining both wind and solar energy, Motorola’s solution ensures that energy is generated in all seasons and weather conditions.
Once installed, the cost of the power generated is almost zero as wind and solar powered cell sites require minimal maintenance unlike diesel powered generators that generally require frequent visits for refueling. This translates into both added savings in operating expenditure (OPEX) as well as significant reductions in carbon emissions.
Renewable energy sources also make it possible for network operators to deliver communications to areas previously underserved due to lack of available mains power, thereby bringing the benefits of access to emergency communications as well as information for social and educational purposes.
“It is an honor to be recognised by the BCS IT Industry Awards and we are thrilled that the trial Motorola deployed with the GSMA Development Fund and MTC Namibia is receiving such acclaim. This award recognises that renewable energy can deliver reliable, sustainable and cost-effective mobile communications to remote areas in both emerging and developed markets,” says Ali Amer, vice-president sales, Middle East, Africa and Pakistan, Motorola Home & Networks Mobility.