More Africa NewsAngola: Unitel entrusts Huawei with the deployment of green energy solutions at its telecom sites

March 11, 2022by myles0

The energy transition in several economic sectors is currently at the heart of major political debates around the world. As the climate crisis deepens, more and more telecom operators are rethinking their network to help protect the planet.

Angolan mobile phone company Unitel is working with Chinese tech giant Huawei to deploy and integrate green energy solutions at its telecom sites. The two parties signed a partnership agreement to this effect, during the Mobile World Congress 2022, the international exhibition for innovation in the mobile telephony industry, which took place in Barcelona from Monday February 28 to Thursday 3 March.

According to José Mavungo (photo), director of the maintenance department at Unitel, this partnership with Huawei is part of the strategy to improve the operational management of the telecom company. Under the terms of the contract, Huawei will implement for Unitel a full range of sustainable solutions (green site, network and operation) to optimize its energy efficiency, increase the reach of its network, improve the availability of its services. Practically, this will mean reducing the number of diesel generators, introducing solar panels and smart lithium batteries.

For new services such as 5G and home broadband, Unitel also plans to work with Huawei on new dual-energy (green and low-carbon) target networks. They plan to use a “5G + fixed network” strategy to reduce energy investments and the challenges brought by new services.

Unitel has been collaborating with Huawei on various projects since 2019. The choice of Huawei to support it in its energy transition results from the investments that the Chinese technology group has made in recent years, in accordance with its vision of a greener ICT sector whose the impact will be felt on sustainable development in a context marked in particular by global warming.

By shifting to low-carbon technologies, Huawei estimates that Unitel will reduce the time its teams spend on diesel generators by up to 75% and its operating costs by 40%. 

Source: Agence Ecofin

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