Ericsson unveils new telecom tower for Indian market

March 19th, 2009 - 5:38 pm ICT by IANS  

Hyderabad, March 19 (IANS) Ericsson, a leading provider of technology and services to telecom operators, Thursday unveiled its new energy-efficient and less expensive radio base station site concept, Ericsson tower tube, for the Indian telecom market.
The tower tube is designed to reduce the total cost of ownership for customers and provide a sustainable, energy-efficient and cost-effective means of communications.

“It’s a pioneering construction that houses base stations and antennas, fully encapsulating them in an aesthetic and energy-efficient design with low environmental impact,” Ericsson India vice-president (marketing and strategy) P. Balaji said while unveiling the tower.

Compared to the traditional towers, the modular concrete construction of the tower tube allows the structure to be deployed quickly and easily, besides providing additional protection.

“A self-contained site, it safely houses all equipment within its slim design (about 5-metre diameter at the base), making site acquisitions easier as compared to conventional sites which require more area for set-up,” Balaji said.

Ericsson tower tube consumes 40 percent less electricity, produces 30 percent less carbon emission, occupies 60 to 75 percent less footprint and requires 60 percent less steel when compared to the traditional towers.

While the traditional towers cost Rs.3 million to Rs.4 million, Ericsson claims that the total cost of ownership of tower tube would be reduced. The entire investment can be recovered in two to three years.

Balaji said the company has set up a prototype near Hyderabad and would decide about the location of the production facility depending on the customers it would get.

“More than 100,000 towers will come up in the coming few years across the country and we hope to capture a significant share of this,” he said.

Lors-Olof Sundell, programme manager of Ericsson tower tube, said the towers manufactured in India could be exported to China, Arab countries and East Africa.

Ericsson has base station production facility in Jaipur, which manufactures 8,000 base stations per month.

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