Globe Telecom Adding Backup Power Supplies Ahead of Natural Disasters
Published on: 2nd Jul 2014
Philippines based Globe Telecom says that it is rolling out fuel cell systems that can provide back up power solution in cell cites identified as most critical to ensure delivery of telecoms services during crisis situations such as when a natural disaster strikes.
The move is in step with company efforts to fortify the network following the onslaught of powerful typhoons such as Haiyan that caused massive devastation in central Philippines in November of last year. The severity of the destruction caused by Typhoon Haiyan underscored the need for reliable, extended duration backup power capability to maintain continuity of communications between emergency services personnel as well as the general public during crisis situations.
"The installation of fuel cell systems in our cell sites is in line with the company's network resiliency and preparedness plan to ensure our customers have access to our voice, SMS and data network during times of emergencies when availability of communication lines is most critical," said Robert Tan, Globe Chief Technical Advisor.
Fuel cell systems provide a cost-effective and reliable alternative to batteries and generators. The fuel cell systems enable up to 100 hours of run time. The methanol-fuelled back-up power systems ensures delivery of network services during extreme weather events or when electric grid is unavailable or during power outages.
Providing back-up power solutions for Globe cell sites forms part of the company's business continuity program, aimed at adequately equipping the company to respond and address disruptive incidents such as natural calamities.