Shining the sun on solar powered telecoms in India
An Indian startup with a background in commercial antenna systems had won a 2G/3G license for GSM cellular operations in India. However, with a majority rural population, the cost of delivering and operating each line, had to be less than the Average Revenue Per User (ARPU), which in India can be a challenge.
The client developed a solar base station driven model to minimize fuel and fuel management costs, and hired a team to develop the Operations and Management (OAM) aspects.
However, to make this real, the cost of wireless backhaul also had to be reduced to reduced in terms of money and energy consumption. Base station setup also needed to be simple enough – the goal was to enable villager to order a kit, and self-install in less than an hour.
A hardware and embedded engineering team was organized. TechRev took responsibility for project coordination for hardware and mechanical parts, and pulled together additional assets, including a world class industrial and mechanical engineering team.
Operating across India, Sweden and USA, hardware was designed, built and delivered on time to the OAM team in Germany and India. Industrial and mechanical engineering resulted in a lightweight base station enclosure that could be self-installed, without the need for additional cooling – a big accomplishment given the outdoor summer temperatures in India.
TechRev took care of New Product Introduction – from project management and supply-chain qualification to rapid materials sourcing and build, to test planning and related activity.
The network was lit and deployed, running on solar power and generating revenues.