Motorola has won the Mobile Data Association (MDA) Green Award for its wind and solar powered mobile base station trial in Namibia, conducted with the GSM Association (GSMA) and MTC Namibia.
The MDA awards are a celebration of the best in mobile data and recognise the best of forward-thinking companies that have made a significant contribution to the uptake of mobile data. The MDA reward real innovation and success in mobile data and awards are given solely on merit. Motorola won the award for successfully addressing environmental issues and bringing these issues into the corporate mainstream.
During the trial in Namibia, a base station on the site was powered using renewable energy sources, including wind and solar power. The solution offers network operators a cost-effective way to enable the delivery of mobile voice and data services in remote, rural areas where mains electricity is either not available at all or prohibitively expensive.
"We are delighted to win such a prestigious award and to be recognized for our efforts in bringing green and sustainable communications to developing countries," says Joe Cozzolino, corporate vice-president and GM of Motorola Home & Networks Mobility EMEA. "The award is a reflection of Motorola's commitment to commercial viable sustainable energy solutions."
The judging panel at the MDA stated "the Motorola Namibia project demonstrated an innovative use of technology which in the future could mean that mobile networks will be powered by sustainable natural resources and not requiring carbon based power. We wish Motorola every success with this pilot and look forward to seeing more and more carbon free wireless networks around the world"