Industry challenges

Mobile telecommunication companies spend millions purchasing and replacing batteries for standby power to mission critical tower site hardware – the lifeblood of their business.

In the case of a power outage, battery failure can mean an interruption in mobile communications. With South Africa’s load shedding phenomenon adding to this dilemma, these expensive assets are mismanaged due to the lack of knowledge of the State of Health of each and every individual battery.

Real world statistics and research tell us…

  • 70% to 80% of lead acid batteries fail due to the build up of lead sulfate crystals (PbSO4) on the internal plates.
  • When a battery reaches 80% of its rated capacity, the aging process accelerates.
  • A large percentage of healthy batteries are being discarded after replacement of faulty banks.
  • Load testing is time consuming, damaging and does not identify individual battery SoH.
  • Manufacturing, storage, transportation, installation and environmental anomalies negatively impact a battery’s performance and lifespan.
  • Brand and revenue risks associated with battery failure – which can be extensive – are rarely calculated or considered.
  • Reactive maintenance costs are high.

Afribat delivers the ability to…

  • Know the SoH of each and every battery in your standby power ecosystem and therefore replace only individual failing batteries rather than the complete bank.
  • Identify vulnerable batteries before they are deployed to outlying sites.
  • Return optimised batteries back into service.
  • Extend battery lifespan and reduce unnecessary costs associated with premature replacement.
  • Reduce unnecessary risk associated with battery failure.

Organisational risk

  • Mobile network downtime 
  • Increase maintenance costs
  • Health and Safety breaches
  • Injury to personnel
  • Fire / explosion
  • Data loss
  • Contractual breaches 
  • Brand damage 
  • Financial losses