TNM switches on solar transmitters to conserve environment

In order to deal with challenges of electricity outages and contribute towards a greener environment, premier mobile network service operator TNM has turned to solar to power some of its base transmitter stations (BTSs) that hitherto run on diesel.

Solar BTS

Solar BTS

Eric Valentine

Eric Valentine

The BTSs are responsible for providing network coverage for customer’s mobile phones and enable mobiles services to be transmitted to user terminals within coverage radius.

TNM Chief Operations Officer Eric Valentine said the switch to solar is helping the mobile operator save between 60 to 90 per cent fuel usage per site to service BTSs in areas not accessible by Escom power.

A total of 9 BTSs have been switched to solar.

Valentine added that the solar energy alternative is minimizing TNM’s carbon footprint by reducing on emissions and noise that is generated by the use of fossil fuels.

“At TNM, we are firm  advocate of environmental sustainability  and realizing the carbon footprint that diesel generators create we decided to invest and switch to smart power hence the move to solar because previously all BTSs that had no link to the national power grid though ESCOM ran 24 hours using fossil fuels, particularly diesel,” he said.

He said with growth in both TNM network and customer’s base, TNM network has been planned and implemented with the needs of community and the environment in mind.

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thumb up TNM, that’s the spirit…as an environmental management student I realy like the project


Brilliant, this is thr future where we all need to go as soon escom have had no knew ideas for keeping the power on in 50 years

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