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8 November, 2018 - 11:21 By Kate Sweeney

Controllis rolls out mobile coverage to world’s most remote areas

A new initiative from DC hybrid power systems manufacturer Controllis in Cambridge UK is set to help bring more reliable mobile coverage within reach of people in the remotest areas of the globe.

The company, chaired by serial technology entrepreneur David Cleevely, claims its new ‘Five 5s’ programme cuts the up-front and ongoing costs of providing reliable network power to mobile phone towers.

The objective is also to remove a lot of the barriers to deploying and operating mobile networks in rural communities in countries with little existing infrastructure.

Lee Johnson, head of sales and marketing at Controllis, said: “Our DC hybrid systems are already saving operators thousands of dollars per site per year while reducing downtime per site.

“The Five 5s programme is designed to build on those benefits and address the issues operators have with hybrid systems – primarily cost of ownership, reliability and battery life.”

The Five 5s programme includes a 5-year battery-life guarantee on top of 5 years of free remote monitoring, a full 5-year warranty on the hybrid power system, a 5-year leasing capability and the option of 5 nines of reliability – or 99.999 per cent uptime.

Johnson added: “Our deployed customer base stretches from South America to Asia, Africa and Europe. Millions of system running hours have given us the data and confidence to offer a solution that meets the commercial needs of both tower companies and mobile operators.

“In launching the Five 5s we are setting a new precedent in assuring the performance and operation of power networks.”

Tower companies typically spend hundreds of millions – and, in some cases, billions – of dollars buying and operating sites. The Controllis 5-year leasing option means they can avoid up-front costs on power systems and slash ongoing costs – aligning their spend more closely with their operating models.

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