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Shifting to green tech: TRAI extends ideas date till 14 March

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NEW DELHI: Stakeholders wanting to give suggestions to the Telecom Regulatory Authority's efforts towards the effect of telecom on climate change and green house gas emissions have been asked to send in their views by 14 March 2017.

Stressing this is the last extension, TRAI said the counter-comments can be sent by 28 March 2017.

Following a request received from the Department of Telecom, TRAI had issued the Consultation Paper on Approach towards Sustainable Telecommunications in mid-January this year. The paper has raised fourteen questions.

TRAI had issued a paper on similar issues in 2012 and the DoT had in fact given directions on that basis, but new issues have cropped up with emerging technologies.

India has the second largest and fastest growing mobile telephone market in the world. Power and energy consumption for telecom network operations is by far the most important significant contributor of carbon emissions in the telecom industry.

Hence, it is important for the telecom operators to shift to energy efficient technologies and alternative sources of energy. Moreover, Going Green has also become a business necessity for telecom operators with energy costs becoming as large as 25 per cent of total network operations costs. A typical communications company spends nearly one per cent of its revenues on energy which for large operators may amount to several million rupees.

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