Zain Bahrain has taken another step forward in its environmental sustainability journey in partnership with Rental Solutions & Services (RSS) to reduce carbon emissions with a new renewable power source solution at one of its commercial 5G sites, following this initial success the plan is now to expand the solution to more sites.
Zain Bahrain has become the first service operator in the Kingdom to implement a renewable power source, using hybrid electrical power solutions between generators, batteries, and solar panels at a commercial 5G site. As the telco expands its network to serve the increased traffic demands, more of the new sites are in remote locations without access to the power grid. A smart solution is needed to power these locations in a more climate-friendly manner.
The new solution has been proven to reduce CO2 emissions by more than 15%. Energy conservation is a key pillar of Zain Bahrain’s environmental sustainability strategy. In this case, it aligns with three Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Goal 9, Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure; Goal 11, Sustainable Cities and Communities; and Goal 12, Responsible Consumption and Production.
Amar Bu Ali, Network Access, IP, Cyber Security, and Building Services Manager at Zain Bahrain said, “Zain Bahrain continues to explore innovative solutions to optimize energy consumption for sustainable 5G and 4G site operations. Renewable power generation reduces fuel consumption, and is a key component towards sustainable connectivity.”
Zain Bahrain continues to invest in new sustainable technologies and innovations to reduce energy consumption in its operations. The telco upgraded its network stations to the latest generation of power-efficient Massive MIMO radios last year. Developed to have industry-leading energy efficiency and the smallest size and weight possible while in parallel improving the 5G network performance. At the same time, the company is also replacing its equipment shelters with innovative solutions that reduce power consumption by 60%. These advanced solutions all contribute to Zain’s sustainable connectivity ambitions.