In conjunction with leading Indonesian operator PT Telekomunikasi Selular (Telkomsel), Ericsson has announced the deployment of the latest evolution in low-energy telecommunication solutions — a solar-driven and energy-efficient main-remote GSM base station. The breakthrough deployment will provide macro coverage in the untapped areas of Sumatra and address the mobile communications needs in the rural areas in Indonesia.

This deployment follows a series of pioneering initiatives from Ericsson to optimize the energy efficiency of mobile networks by creating solutions that reduce environmental impacts and lower operator costs.

The RBS 2111 Main-Remote GSM base station has a smaller environmental footprint than a standard base station, consuming up to 60 percent less energy. The remote radio unit is placed at the top of the tower, reducing feeder loss and power use. The solution is also easy to deploy, with the heaviest component weighing only 35 kg. It is ideal for deployment in rural areas with limited electricity supply. The site does not require diesel fuel and has maintenance-free batteries, providing wider coverage while reducing network operating expenses and total cost of ownership.

Jan Signell, president at Ericsson South East Asia, said, "This alternative-energy site solution helps Telkomsel address the challenge of bringing coverage to areas with limited access to the electricity grid. It can reduce their operational expenses and bring connectivity to untapped areas in Sumatra, and reflects Ericsson's commitment to bringing communications to all."