Renewable Energy | Telia ensures full mobile coverage in Norwegian national park

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How do you power a base station and tower in a sensitive part of a national park with challenging access to electricity? Telia Norway’s answer is renewable solar and wind energy.

An eleven-kilometre road stretch between Trollstigen and Valldal in Norway doesn’t have mobile coverage at all. The area is a very popular tourist attraction and traffic is heavy when the road is open.

Telia Norway has now won a tender process to secure mobile coverage along the road. Telia will commission a base station and tower in the area which is located in a national park which in turns means challenging access to electricity and authority demands for zero emissions.

“This is a very innovative solution that not only provides mobile coverage, but also is based solely on renewable energy, says Kirke Saar, Head of Network at Telia Norway. “The station is powered by solar panels and wind turbines, and will have hydrogen gas for reserve power, so the only emissions from the station will be water vapor. In other words, we are renewable all the way, and first in Norway with such a solution. The station is a good example of how to think green in infrastructure, and it is especially important in a national park. We have had very good cooperation with the National Park authority along the way; they have come up with important input and all parties have been solution-oriented.”

Telia Norway will start the construction of the installation as soon as possible, and aims to commission it next year.