Montenegro: Ericsson, Panasonic help telco improve energy management at cell sites


In Montenegro, telecommunications company Crnogorski Telekom has signed an Energy Infrastructure Management agreement with communications firm Ericsson.

Under the agreement, Ericsson will design, rollout and manage lithium-ion battery and power infrastructure solutions at cell sites owned by Crnogoski Telekom.

Ericsson will provide its EnerNOC solution comprising a big data analytics and energy management software to improve energy efficiency at cell sites. The solution will be offered as a managed service. The solution helps reduce energy losses associated with the operation of rectifiers and air conditioners at cell sites by optimising capacity and run cycles.

In addition, Crnogorski Telekom will reduce energy costs by limiting use of power from the grid to off-peak times.

Peter Laurin, Head of Managed Services at Ericsson, says: “…we will reduce the cost of energy equipment ownership for targeted Crnogorski Telekom sites by up to 40 percent.

“…Energy typically accounts for anything from 10 to 60 percent of an operator’s operational expenditure.” The operational benefits include the ability to remotely monitor site infrastructure and reduce site visits.

The energy storage batteries will be developed by Panasonic, and will replace the telecommunication company’s existing diesel generators and lead-acid batteries used as backup power at cell sites. The agreement is expected to help Crnogorski Telekom to reduce its carbon footprint.

Panasonic claims its batteries are less vulnerable to damage from excessive discharging and extreme temperatures, and require less maintenance.

Valentina Radulovic, Technology Director from Crnogorski Telekom, added: “… As the technology leader in the Montenegrin market, we will continue with sustainable innovations that will result in a more efficient, reliable and powerful network for our customers.”

Philip Herman, Vice President Green Tower Solutions at Panasonic Enterprise Solutions, added: “… the result is networks that are smarter, more efficient and more sustainable. Our batteries’ high energy density, high voltage, lack of memory effect, and flat discharge voltage make for a very stable power supply.”


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