This Day (Lagos)

26 November 2012

Nigeria: Airtel, ZTE Win Best Cost Efficiency Initiative

ZTE Corporation and Bharti Airtel have won the Best Cost Efficiency Initiative Award at the AfricaCom Awards held in Cape Town, South Africa for their Hybrid Power Solution.

In his response, Airtel's Director of Supply Chain Management in Africa, Amitabh Prasad, said "Airtel is committed to making telecom affordable across Africa on a sustainable basis. ZTE did a great job in implementing the Solar Hybrid solution. We have started to reap benefits from our investment both in terms of fuel savings and environment protection, which is a real win-win for all of us."

Speaking also, ZTE SVP Mr. Wang Jiaran said: "We are honored to receive this award; it consolidated ZTE's achievements in the telecom sectors. ZTE has established the foundation and partnership with Bharti Airtel Africa and we will continue to bring valuable products and services to our African customers".

ZTE's Solar+DG Hybrid Power Solution is a green energy solution specially designed for Bharti Airtel Africa base station sites. The solution significantly reduces the use of Diesel Generators by almost 80 per cent. It efficiently utilises solar power alongside existing diesel therefore optimising initial investment on CAPEX. Compared with traditional hybrid solutions, this new hybrid solution enhances the consistency of power supply of the sites and provides Airtel with a flexible investment strategy.

It especially reduces carbon emission in addition to OPEX savings. By going green with ZTE's solution, Airtel benefits from the perfect balance between Operating Expense Saving and Capital Expenditure whilst greatly contributing to environmental protection.

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