The first energy-independent base station that will work even during blackouts is being tested in Odesa. This was announced by the Deputy Prime Minister for Innovation, Development of Education, Science and Technology Mykhailo Fedorov in his Telegram channel.
“The station was launched by the mobile operator lifecell. It is powered by 7 solar batteries. Thanks to this, thousands of Ukrainians are connected when there is no electricity,” he wrote.
Now the station works in test mode. Engineers are monitoring the results and so far are satisfied with the quality of work and uninterrupted communication.
“Also, telecom operators are actively preparing for the fall and winter period today. Of the 34,000 base stations, more than 90% are equipped with batteries, and about 10% with generators. Operators are replacing lead-acid batteries with lithium-ion batteries so that communication can last longer in the absence of light. We thank them for their work,” Mykhailo Fedorov added.
Last winter, the head of the State Special Communications Service, Yurii Shchyhol, stated that mobile operators were working on creating a reserve in Ukraine that will allow to provide communication for 3 days in case of critical interruptions with electricity supply. However, not on the entire territory of the country, but in the “Points of Invincibility”.