Telecommunication Infrastructure Management

We are responsible for maintaining an extended network and information technology infrastructure. Some of our most important activities include reducing the electrical power consumption crucial for operation of the network and IT infrastructure and maintaining the appropriate temperature of base transceiver stations (so called BTSs). Reduction of the power consumption is possible thanks to the modern approach we take in the planning and building of base stations and in the use of intelligent BTSs. This modern approach to planning allows for the use of natural methods of heating and cooling, which can reduce power consumption by 20% and even up to 40%. Intelligent BTSs, on the other hand, based on a current load, may temporarily disable unused sectors. BTSs may be powered by green energy, meaning energy coming from renewable energy sources. In our case, these include solar panels and wind power, which are currently being tested.

We also own around 20 sites with exchanges and so-called data centres covering an area of 7,500m2 (in comparison: a full-size football field takes up about 7,600m2). Recent upgrades and the replacement of hardware with more up-to-date and more efficient devices have reduced this area by 200m2, and at the same time reduced the electricity demand by 0.5 million kWh. Continued modernization works will further reduce energy consumption by 15 million kWh annually. These changes will result in a reduction in energy consumption amounting to the annual demand of nearly 4,500 three-person households.

We were the first telecommunications company to receive the “Green Brand” certificate in the Technologies category in 2011. The main objective of the “Green Brand” initiative is to promote companies whose activities include both direct and indirect goals to have a good impact on the environment. The Chapter evaluated the energy efficiency and compliance with emissions standards of our electromagnetic fields. They appreciated the fact that even as early as the design stage of telecommunications facilities, we take into account aspects related to energy efficiency, including installing energy-efficient air conditioning systems, which enable us to reduce energy costs by up to 50%, and by using the remote reading of electricity meters installed at the base stations.

Telecommunications infrastructure and the environment

The T‑Mobile Polska network utilizes only mobile communication technologies that have been verified and proven safe for all users. Our strict compliance with the applicable provisions of Polish law on electromagnetic field emissions allows us to state that:

  • All base stations are measured by certified laboratories and, in areas accessible to the public, they do not emit electromagnetic fields of power flux density exceeding 0.1 W/m2. This value was defined in the Regulation of the Minister of the Environment of October 30, 2003 on the levels of electromagnetic fields in the environment and methods of measurement of these levels (Journal of Laws of the Republic of Poland No 192, item 1883, 2003).
  • Electromagnetic field measurements for T‑Mobile Polska base stations performed by certified laboratories show that actual levels are much lower than that permitted by the provisions of the Polish Law (10 to 1,000 times lower).
  • Constant monitoring and strict compliance with permitted electromagnetic field levels emitted to the environment within the areas accessible to the public form parts of the environmental policy of T‑Mobile Polska. Standards of T‑Mobile Polska base stations are based on the transmitters with low output power and sector antennas, which results in precise control of the electromagnetic fields emissions.
  • Verified scientific research does not indicate that electromagnetic fields at the levels permitted by Poland’s stringent regulations could have any biological impact (Research programmes under the auspices the World Health Organization WHO).
  • T‑Mobile Polska – holder of the ISO14001:2004 environmental management system – uses the experience of its best engineers and specialists for planning, building and operating base stations, which, in combination with the low power used by the transmitters ensures the safe operation of the T‑Mobile network.

Car fleet management

T‑Mobile’s car fleet consists of around 800 vehicles. We constantly strive to improve fleet management according to environmental rules. In our car policy, we have set the CO2 emission limits for individual car groups, and we use this criterion to choose them for our employees. We are planning to introduce a system for monitoring fleet usage in order to optimize it, which will allow us to further reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emission to the atmosphere.

We were the first company in the telecommunications industry to introduce electric cars into our fleet, starting with the Mitsubishi i-MiEV in August 2011. These are fully electric cars (not hybrid, for there are many of this type in our market), which means they do not emit exhaust fumes, nor do they generate noise. Their compact size makes them an ideal means of transportation in the city. These cars are used by our employees in performing their daily duties. There are even special charging stations next to our main office.

Eco solutions for the Customers

We introduced the possibility to use e-invoices for all our customers. This solution is more environmentally friendly than traditional invoices printed on paper and sent via traditional mail. Getting e-invoices is very simple: just send a text message with your email address to the toll-free number 80716. For more information visit Electronic invoice.

One of the environmental aspects of our business is the issue of used phones and batteries. We encourage all phone users to leave old and unnecessary phones, batteries and accessories at our stores. Instead of going straight to the garbage dump, the equipment can be used in the recycling process or will be recycled in a manner that is safe for the environment. In 2009, T‑Mobile co-organized a campaign targeting mobile phone users. In accordance with legal requirements, as a mobile network operator we report on the amount of equipment recycled.

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