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Tele.net on OMC

“Power backup solutions for rural telecom towers”

A new renewable energy distribution model for telecom towers located in off-grid rural areas is beginning to emerge as telecom companies make a shift from diesel-based backup systems. Under this model, micro renewable energy plants are set up by renewable energy service companies (rescos) with telecom companies as their anchor clients. While the model offers an assured source of income for the resco, it provides power access to rural communities.

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OMC in Business Standard

“Bringing power to one and all”

A pre-paid model and wireless set-up has benefited OMC Power but on-ground execution remains a challenge.

In 2010, three former Ericsson employees teamed for a small and innovative, albeit challenging, business idea in an area where the government, with all its financial and managerial might, had failed for years. The trio planned to supply electricity to the unreachable – technically called off-grid consumers – in nondescript rural areas. Their aim was to replicate the telecom model, which had transformed the lives of millions in the hinterland through wireless mobile telephony, in the power sector.

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OMC in New York Times

“The Next Wireless Revolution, in Electricity”

Gaurav Gupta, the director for Asia of the development consulting firm Dalberg, tells a story about the untethered life. “You want to sit next to a beach and have a laptop on your lap, and you want to be connected to the world,” Gaurav says. “But you don’t want any wires.”

We go off the electrical and phone grids by choice, Gaurav says. We buy cellphones, install Wi-Fi, buy eco-friendly high-end camping stoves and water purifiers. But around the world, billions of people are off-grid by necessity: they live without wired electricity, piped gas and water, or sewers. The two worlds are linked. “What we want, they need,” he said in a TEDx talk in February in Mumbai. “There is huge innovation going on around the world to serve your needs because you want to play Angry Birds longer.”

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OMC in Times of India

“India’s OMC Power in WEF Tech Pioneers list”

As many as 36 companies, including an Indian firm OMC Power, have made it to the list of most innovative technology start-ups compiled by the World Economic Forum.

These companies are being recognised for pioneering technologies which hold promise of transforming the future of business and society, the World Economic Forum said in a statement.

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