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Reliance Jio renews order for Saft Evolion batteries

Battery manufacturer Saft has received an order from Reliance Jio Infocomm for its Evolion lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery systems.

Reliance Jio previously ordered Eviolion systems in 2013 and 2014, and this latest order will support the next phase of the Indian operator’s 4G/LTE (Long Term Evolution) roll-out programme.

The batteries have been rolled out in more than 16,000 4G/LTE Base Transceiver Station (BTS) sites across India, where they provide backup power in case of interruption of the main power supply, guaranteeing total continuity and availability of RJIL’s mobile network.

India’s vast geography and wide range of climate conditions represent a significant technical challenge for batteries. The Evolion battery concept has been developed to ensure reliability and service life for telecom installations operating at temperatures in the range of - 40 ˚C to + 75 ˚C and in high humidity conditions.

In addition, Evolion is also around half the size and only one quarter of the weight of a conventional telecom battery, freeing up space and making it easier and safer for operators to transport, handle and install.

“Our backup battery systems play a key role in guaranteeing the reliability of telecom networks at all times, which is crucial to the successful expansion of 4G/LTE services” said Xavier Delacroix, General Manager of Saft’s Industrial Battery Group.