Telecom In Afghanistan - Better Communication Essential For Combatting Covid-19
One of Afghanistan’s leading data network providers is accelerating its efforts for greater mobile phone access and availability in light of the global COVID-19 pandemic affecting the country. The Company stated that reliable communication is necessary to provide residents with crucial information on how to safeguard themselves from Covid-19 and keeping our infrastructure powered is therefore critical in these difficult times.
The network, known for its pioneering technology, will deploy Sirius supercap energy storage in its BTS network. Sirius supercap energy storage delivered exceptional performance in the tests performed over 4 months. Due to the challenging operating conditions, the Company was looking for a storage product that performs consistently and without maintenance, which Sirius has demonstrated.
Powering telecommunication networks consistently and sustainably has become the need of the hour – now more than ever before. For a lot of people, a large factor of the Coronavirus experience has been the eye-opening importance of communication in our daily lives. Telecom companies are now an essential business and keeping the infrastructure powered is imperative. In Afghanistan, where the electricity grid is unreliable, energy storage is mission critical, with chemical batteries like Lithium Ion and Lead Acid unable to meet the high cycling and extreme temperature demands of operators.
Sirius is supercap storage is not chemical. Therefore, unlike Lithium Ion or Lead Acid batteries, it does not degrade or get affected by heat or cold, which makes it very reliable storage over a very long period of time, much longer than Lithium Ion or Lead Acid.
The network operator chose Sirius after evaluating several chemical batteries because it met their primary need for a resilient and durable product that is not affected by high temperatures during summer, nor the low temperatures in winter. Sirius was also the best choice in terms of value-for-money due to its 10-year zero degradation, zero maintenance warranty, which meant that they would gain immense cost-benefits by not having to deploy service teams regularly in multiple locations. Sirius also delivers a huge reduction in environmental impact compared to chemical batteries – because the replacement cycle is much longer, Sirius is 100% recyclable and importantly, they have been able to reduce running our generators from 10-12 hours per day to 6 hours per day.
Mr. Omer Ghani, co-founder and Chief Sales Officer of Kilowatt Labs said “we are delighted that we are successfully deploying in such a challenging environment, and meeting the criteria set for us, which chemical batteries failed to do, is manifestation of the performance of Sirius supercap storage. We are confident that using Sirius in the network will enable improved availability of network due to better reliability of power on the sites.