One of India’s leading telecom company, Bharti Airtel, which currently operates in 18 countries across Africa and South Asia, has announced the introduction of 160000 new base stations, a target desired to achieve by 2020.
In the present scenario, the Bharti Airtel network covers 95% of India’s total population, after establishment of 180000 new sites in the previous two years.
Apart from doubling the mobile network, this Indian global provider of the majority of prepaid and postpaid mobile has saved 1.3 million liters diesel in system infrastructure, 81% Carbon dioxide emissions reduction per tera byte in past five years with 27% reduction noted last financial year itself.
MD and CEO of this Sunil Mittal led telecom firm, Gopal Vittal, covering the Indian and South Asian zone, felt elated to announce Airtel’s journey and participation in the telecom industry.
“As part of our governance DNA, we attach a deep sense of purpose to the way we conduct our business and ensure it has a positive impact on all stakeholders. Being a responsible corporate citizen, we have implemented a host of sustainability initiatives across the organization and remain fully committed to building on this strong foundation,” he said.
According to the India Sustainability Report of 2017, Bharti Airtel intends to bring down the carbon footprint by 70%.
With reference to the data of 2015-16, this enterprise has successfully lowered the CO2 emissions per square feet by 23% in its facility and CO2 emissions per rack by 9% in data center operations.
Since FY 2011-12, with its paperless billing strategy, this subsidiary of the Bharti Enterprises, has effectively saved more than 1280 million sheets of paper by adopting the Aadhar based instant verification method, out of which 32.7 million Aadhar based paperless acquisition was accomplished in the preceding year.
This initiative has helped recycle e-waste up to 2400 tons, and bring up to code direct-to-home set top boxes approximating to 500,000.
In Airtel’s own observation, “Over 1200 tonnes of paper have been saved since FY 2011-12 with the paperless billing initiative, over 170 million have opted for e-bills. 191 tonnes of paper was saved across facilities.”