Over 800,000 base stations will utilize alternative energy solutions such as wind or solar energy in 2009, according to ABI Research.

The forecast was made by the researchers’ new Clean Telecoms Research Service, set up to meet the growing need for detailed market information about green initiatives.

It also estimated that nearly 70 million mobile devices will be ethically disposed of or will be recycled in 2009.

Vice president and chief research officer Stuart Carlaw said one only had to look at the splash of solar powered mobile devices at Mobile World Congress 2009 to see that environmentally friendly solutions are becoming increasingly important to mobile consumers, service providers, application developers and OEMs alike.

At MWC, Dutch company Intivation launched the world’s first low-cost solar-powered mobile phone that combines a single solar cell with its chip software.

"Renewable energy will be a critical aspect in connecting the next two billion subscribers in off-grid and brown power areas," said Carlaw.

"Not only is it environmentally friendly but it is also extremely cost effective."

The new ABI Research Clean Telecoms Research Service covers important aspects such as:

  • energy consumption
  • renewable energy penetration
  • manufacturing and materials usage
  • corporate responsibility
  • regulatory issues
  • recycling
  • product end-of-life management

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