Friday, February 09, 2007

Biofuel Mobiles

The BBCOnline has a piece on how India hopes to start using mobile base stations that use generators running on biodiesel - in 'Mobiles switch on with biofuels'

One third of Indian homes are not connected to the power grid and demand for mobile phones is growing rapidly.

A pilot scheme in west India has been set up by mobile firms and industry body the GSMA development fund.

"It is about connecting the unconnected," said Dawn Hartley, development fund manager at the GSMA.

Rural connection

Mobile phone use has exploded across India. In 2003 there were just 13 million mobile phone subscribers. Today, there are nearly 130 million.

Much of this take-up has been in urban areas where there is a comprehensive mobile network.

Biofuel base station

But outside the major towns, where approximately three-quarters of India's 1.2 billion people live, mobile coverage is fragmented.

Engineer Online is also covering this in 'Biofuels power India’s rural mobile networks'

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