At ATC Nigeria, we are mindful of our interaction with the environment. Our towers and infrastructure are situated among the areas where we all live, work and play and are part of the landscape that we all share.
We strive to operate in the most efficient manner possible to reduce our energy needs. In addition to employing modern, environmentally friendly practices, ATC Nigeria is working towards reducing overall energy demands and optimizing available resources. We also focus on regulatory compliance and safety and endeavor to minimize our impact on natural resources and wildlife.
By its nature, our commercially shared business model reduces the environmental footprint of mobile networks. Providing shared wireless infrastructure space for multiple operators on towers or rooftops decreases overall number of sites needed and allows for shared utilities and fewer resources. Collocation helps preserve landscapes and conserves land for other use.
Inadequate and poor quality grid power in Nigeria is a well-known factor affecting network uptime and increased diesel consumption. It also increases our carbon footprint, adversely affecting the environment and is a major concern. ATC Nigeria has initiated a plan for the effective use of technology solutions to significantly reduce site energy demand and environmental impact. These initiatives include:
- Energy Storage
Initially, storage devices at sites are a backup for ensuring uninterrupted power to telecom equipment. Improvised storage devices with quick charge and deep discharge capability could also contribute in reduction of use of diesel generators at poor grid sites. We have adopted use of such batteries to gradually eliminate use of diesel generators.
- Demand Optimization
In most of the earlier build telecom towers, telecom equipment is placed inside a shelter and air conditioners are used to maintain inside temperature. 30% of the energy consumption at an indoor site is towards running of air conditioner. Free cooling units or DC air conditioners are an innovative solution, which helps in reducing energy demands and the cost of running of diesel generators.
- Alternate Energy
ATC Nigeria is setting up captive hybrid solar system to be deployed where diesel generators are running for much longer duration. A solar solution not only reduces the diesel consumption and associated maintenance costs but also serves to lower the carbon footprint.
All technology initiatives and devices, independently and in combination, are focused towards reduction of energy demands.