Türk Telekom aims to ensure the efficient use of resources with its “Next Generation Cities” initiative
Türk Telekom has embarked on many initiatives towards its sustainability goals. One of these initiatives, the Türk Telekom Next Generation Cities project, aims to generate integrated solutions tailored to the needs of each city thanks to an advanced understanding of urbanism and new technologies, thus serving for a sustainable society by saving resources.
The Türk Telekom Next Generation Cities project was established to permanently bring ease to the lives of citizens and public authorities through the use of information and communication technologies. The system enables forward-looking decisions to be made and the effective use of public resources by processing and interpreting the data collected from different channels such as sensors and vehicles on the Türk Telekom IoT (Internet of Things) platform.
Within the scope of the Next Generation Cities project, Türk Telekom develops concepts appropriate for the next generation urbanism approach by building sustainable and safe cities with high quality of life for citizens.
The projects aim to achieve increased efficiency, savings and interaction with citizens and energy savings in all public services related to smart life, from traffic and health to irrigation and lighting. With the Next Generation City Management Platform, 55 different solutions can be monitored and managed in the next generation transportation, environment, health and safety, life and energy verticals through a single interface from the operation centre.
- Thanks to the Next Generation Energy practices, savings of approximately 40% in electricity and up to 30% in irrigation have been achieved.
- With the Next Generation Transportation practices, about 35% of the time spent in traffic and about 30% of the fuel was saved and carbon emissions decreased by 25% due to the decrease in this period.
- With the Next Generation Health practices, the health conditions of more than 400 patients with chronic diseases have been monitored and periodic controls have been performed.
- With the Next Generation Life practices, 1.2 million users had the opportunity to benefit from the open area WiFi service free of charge, with a total data usage of 523TB.
- The Next Generation Security solutions are aimed at eliminating risk factors by making security elements traceable and manageable in every operation.
- With the Next Generation Environmental solutions, temperature, humidity, noise, smoke, flood, air/water quality monitoring, pressure, gas and waste material measurements are made, and the values obtained are reported and controlled, thus preventing environmental pollution.
Within the scope of the Next Generation Cities initiative, Türk Telekom started pilot studies in Karaman in 2015 and Kars in 2017, which continued with the addition of Antalya, Kırşehir and Mersin in 2018. In 2019, the Edirne Municipality became the latest addition to the Next Generation Cities project.
The Denizli Metropolitan Municipality was included in the Next Generation Cities projects in 2020 with its Electronic Supervision System, which is one of the Next Generation Transportation components. The Elazığ Municipality, with its Next Generation Intersection, and the Kütahya Municipality, with its Next Generation City Furniture and Mobile Application were also included in the Next Generation City projects in 2020.
Türk Telekom takes measures to ensure efficiency and human health at its base stations
Türk Telekom has taken the following measures and developed the following solutions in order to achieve higher efficiency in base stations and to protect human health:
- Equipment with high energy consumption in use at Türk Telekom is replaced with models which consume less energy in line with the goal of increasing energy savings. This project, which is currently being carried out in the Izmir and Bursa regions, was largely completed in 2020. As of February 2021, the installation of models with lower energy consumption will be completed in the relevant fields as required by the project. Analysis processes continue for the final results of consumption reflections after the project.
- Direct current energy sources with a high energy loss were replaced with more efficient models. The old-type direct current backup units, which were idle after their replacement, were recycled in an environmentally-friendly manner in recycling facilities.
- Environmentally-friendly air conditioning gas is used in base stations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In 2019, air conditioning units in the field were dismantled, and following the software updates, old-type free-cooling devices were installed in the field for trial purposes, and energy consumption started to be monitored. Expansion work was carried out in 2020 in accordance with the project results.
- A contract was signed regarding the project in 2019, and the installations of free cooling devices got underway. Analytical processes of the equipment, the assembly of which was completed in January 2020, were operated and assessed. As a result of these positive achievements, a new contract was signed in November 2020 for additional material orders. Efficiency reports will be monitored in accordance with the analytical processes of the free-cooling devices to be commissioned in 2021. Energy losses have been minimised thanks to regular maintenance and repairs of base stations.
- Electromagnetic field measurements are conducted prior to and following the installation of base stations to ensure their safe operation both for people and the environment.
- Care is taken to minimise the intervention factor of people and the environment at the base stations during the planning, design, installation and operation stages, and all necessary precautions are taken.
- All necessary safety equipment is used and updates are performed, in order to prevent base stations from being affected by natural disasters and endangering the environment and public health in accordance with human health and environmental safety, which are considered as key priorities. In 2019, 750 base station towers were examined in detail and updates were made according to the needs.
- Base stations are monitored around 24 hours a day, with rapid field response provided in emergency situations and natural disasters, ensuring the highest level of operational competence.
Türk Telekom attaches importance to investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy
Aware of the impact of high energy consumption on society and the environment, Türk Telekom attaches importance to investments and studies in the area of energy efficiency and renewable energy. The work carried out in this context and the achievements are summarised below:
- Türk Telekom systematically reduces its carbon emissions with its activities and efficiency projects for the use of renewable energy. Solar energy system is used in approximately 1,701 Türk Telekom locations. The total installed power in this system is around 2.3 MW.
- The Company’s low-efficiency cooling and voice communication systems are being replaced with high-efficiency equipment. Air conditioning units used in the system rooms are being replaced with new generation free-cooling air conditioning units with low energy consumption, thus helping to reduce carbon emissions. With the smart metering systems project, energy consumption is monitored in detail and real-time when necessary.
- Services in the old generation systems which have completed their technological life are transferred to the next generation transmission systems, thus providing ease of maintenance operation, energy savings and enhanced service quality.
- In Türk Telekom offices, space is being saved through building/system hall optimisation projects, bringing about a significant reduction in energy consumption in cooling.
- In addition to recycling and savings, reductions in carbon emissions is achieved with the use of energy efficient light bulbs, thermal insulation and sheathing, building automation, an environmentally friendly fleet of vehicles, paper recycling, the electronic document and documentation system (EDITT), central printing systems, e-learning, telepresence and video conferencing.
Türk Telekom sets annual targets to reduce electricity and fuel consumption. Senior management and related employees were given targets for reducing annual electricity consumption in 2020. The Company is one of the few operators in the world to succeed in reducing its electricity consumption when compared to the previous year, between 2016 and 2019. Considering the strong growth in its subscriber base, frequency bandwidth, capacity increases and the rise in electricity prices, the increase in 2020 has been limited.