March 6, 2015
DOCOMO's Prototype Base Station Operates on 95% Reduced-impact Electricity
— Dual power-source control technology used in eco-friendly base stations —
TOKYO, JAPAN, March 6, 2015 --- NTT DOCOMO, INC., a personalized mobile solutions provider for smarter living, announced today that it has verified its prototype base station with dual power-source control technology operates on more than 95% reduced-impact (solar and off-peak) electricity.
The base station's power-source control system uses reduced-impact energy to cut its consumption of on-peak electricity by approximately 90%. Lithium-ion batteries store excess solar electricity generated during the daytime and off-peak electricity generated during the nighttime. Stored electricity is used as the primary source between dusk—once solar-electricity generation becomes unavailable—and 11pm, when off-peak electricity becomes available.
Currently, 10 prototype green base stations are undergoing field-testing. Three will be used for verification and evaluation of the dual power-source control technology.
Following this further extensive field-testing, DOCOMO plans to commercialize 11 green base stations nationwide by the end of March.
Going forward, DOCOMO will continue to pursue its development of more efficient power-source control systems to further reduce the environmental impact, as well as strengthen the sustainability, of its mobile communications network.
About NTT DOCOMO
NTT DOCOMO provides innovative, convenient and secure mobile services that enable smarter living for each customer. The company serves over 65 million mobile customers in Japan via advanced wireless networks, including a nationwide 3G network and one of the world's first commercial LTE networks. Leveraging its unique capabilities as a mobile operator, DOCOMO is a leading developer of cutting-edge technologies for NFC mobile payments, mobile GPS, mobile TV, intuitive mobile assistance, environmental monitoring, smart grids and much more. Overseas, the company provides technical and operational expertise to eight mobile operators and other partner companies. DOCOMO is listed on the Tokyo (9437) and New York (DCM) stock exchanges. Please visit https://www.docomo.ne.jp/english/ for more information.