A telecoms operator in Montenegro has signed a 10-year contract to secure lithium-ion battery backup power supplies for its cell towers situated across the country.
Crnogorski Telekom (CT), which currently uses a combination of diesel generators and lead-acid batteries for backup power, has signed a deal with Swedish telecoms firm Ericsson and Japanese electronic giant Panasonic to switch to lithium.
Under the terms of the agreement, Ericsson will be responsible for designing, deploying and managing the lithium-ion battery and power infrastructure solutions, while Panasonic will handle the manufacturing, supply, asset ownership and service-level agreements and support for the 10-year period.
Ericsson brought in Panasonic’s lithium-ion batteries to its ‘energy-as-a-service’ solution for mobile operators and tower companies in February 2017. According to Ericsson, lithium-ion is “less vulnerable to damage resulting from excessive discharging and extreme temperatures”.
Peter Laurin, head of managed services at Ericsson, said: “Together with Panasonic, we will reduce the cost of energy equipment ownership for targeted CT sites by up to 40%.”