Telenor Pakistan completes 50 Solar-Powered Cell Sites

Islamabad, July 5, 2010: Telenor Pakistan has become the country’s first mobile operator to complete the largest solar-powered telecommunication network to be documented in Universal Service Fund-assisted areas.

Of the 50 solar-powered cell sites established, 47 are in the USF-assisted areas of Mirpur Khas and Bahawalpur. The sites are given that telecommunication services to nearly 1.63 million people who previously lacked any such access. The other three sites are in Islamabad and Khyber-Pukhtoonkhwa.

The solar-powered cell sites are an result of Telenor Pakistan’s Green Energy Project that aims to provide environment-friendly telecommunications solutions. Khalid Shehzad, Chief Technology Officer, Telenor Pakistan comment on the accomplishment said: “We are happy to have created the largest solar-powered cell network in the USF-assisted areas of Mirpur Khas and Bahawalpur. With the use of solar-powered cell sites our aim is to provide environment-friendly telecommunication services even in the furthest areas of Pakistan. By doing so we are reducing power demands on the national grid and also helping to reduce carbon emission. Alternative energy solutions are the way forward and we will continue to explore greener, more surroundings friendly solutions for our business.”

USF is a government fund set up with the aim to provide basic data and telephony services to the unserved and underserved areas of the country. Solar energy is one of the most important facial appearances of Telenor Pakistan’s Green Energy Project that will help in prevent emanation on average of 2.5 tons of carbon dioxide per site per year.

About Telenor Pakistan

Telenor Pakistan is a provider of high quality telecommunication services in Pakistan. Telenor Pakistan acquire its GSM license in 2004 and launch its services in 2005. Currently, Telenor Pakistan has 23.65 million subscribers, a countrywide network around 8,000 plus cities and 2,500 employees. Telenor Pakistan is 100% owned by Telenor ASA and adds on to its operation in Asia.

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