In the past year, oil prices have risen more than 100% and are currently at $140.73. According to most of the energy experts the situation is only going to get worse.
The price of oil is predicted to go as high as US$200/barrel in the next 12-18 months.
Our earlier findings have indicated that power and fuel constitute the biggest chunk of operating costs for mobile operators – The power and fuel challenge.
Soaring energy prices and falling ARPU put mobile network operators in a difficult position. It’s definitely the right time for mobile network operators to start looking at renewable energy sources as an option to run their networks and reduce their operating expenditure.
India’s booming cellphone market - with over 2 million new subscribers every week - has created an insatiable demand for diesel generators.
Livemint.com 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™ »
Biofuel isn’t everything it’s cracked up to be.
According to gas2.org and other bloggers on their website, there is a “dead zone” in the Gulf of Mexico where at certain times of the year sea life becomes unsustainable and overgrowths of algae take over.
This is all due to biofuel, specifically corn, meaning, we are going to have to find alternative ways “to ’kick the corn habit’ as much as… to kick the oil habit.”
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