Burn, diesel, burn 9 May, 2008

India’s booming cellphone market – with over 2 million new subscribers every week – has created an insatiable demand for diesel generators. reports that mobile operators, who are just starting to see the rural opportunity, are struggling to find enough generators to expand their networks.

With this development, we may soon unfortunately have to revise our earlier estimate: that close to 2 billion litres of diesel fuel is needed every year just to power generator sets for Base Stations in India.

The environmental impacts, combined with predictions of oil prices rising up to $200 per barrel within 2 years, clearly underline the enormous need for clean and sustainable alternatives.

Seems like the time is right for WorldGSM™ »


3 comments to “Burn, diesel, burn”

  1. It’s about time someone spoke up! The Mobile Industry is, in many comparisons, similar to the Automobile Industry.

    Is the Mobile Industry ready to bear the responsibility of polluting our environment? The only difference between the Automobile Industry and the Mobile Industry is that mobile industry has been in existence only for the last 15 years while Automobile has spent well over 100 years.

    Written by Nitin Mehrotra on May 10th, 2008 at 4:47 pm

  2. i’m sandeep singh and i’m working in deepijatelnetwork as a s/w eng. i think that in the future, we will solve the problem of energy with solar systems.

    Written by SANDEEP KUMAR SINGH on June 28th, 2008 at 7:46 am

  3. @ Nitin: You’re quite right. The time has come when companies actually have to start taking responsibility for the “externalities” of their business – not merely regard them as negligible side effects. As mentioned in “Who Killed The Electric Car” (, electric cars were actually more popular than petrol-driven ones for a while – in the end of the 1800’s. But as the oil industry grew stronger, the electric car industry withered away. Now in 2008, as oil prices are skidding and as our planet’s climate is changing rapidly, we’re seeing a renewed focus on sustainable energy. Not a minute too soon.

    @ Sandeep: Indeed, alternative energy sources is the only way forward. As oil prices soar, everyone from oil producers to equipment manufacturers to consumers start feeling the pressure, and the amount of resources allocated towards finding, developing and refining better energy sources will increase exponentially. Solar energy is a hot topic, and as photovoltaic technology matures further, we’ll definitely see large-scale changes.

    Written by Pär Almqvist on June 30th, 2008 at 2:00 am

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