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American Tower and PowerX drive sustainability in Africa with AI

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American Tower Corporation’s African subsidiary, American Tower Corporation Africa (ATC Africa) and PowerX are partnering on AI-driven solutions for sustainability.

Specifically, the two will deliver solution that bring the efficiency and environmental benefits of PowerX’s artificial intelligence (AI) solutions to Africa’s telecoms market by optimising energy usage at tower sites.

“To date, ATC Africa has invested over $300 million in energy efficiency improvements, renewable energy deployments and energy storage solutions to reduce the use of fossil fuels at our sites," said Marek Busfy, senior vice president and chief executive officer, ATC Africa.

"Our strategic partnership with PowerX will place us at the forefront of the industry by leveraging the innovative power of AI data-led solutions to optimize the use of power and reduce GHG emissions. I am confident our strategic partnership will grow and contribute to our science-based targets to reduce GHG emissions by at least 40% by 2035 against a 2019 baseline and deliver on our low GHG emissions site strategy.”

Following a joint development program, ATC Africa deployed PowerX’s AI analytics across a select number of sites in Burkina Faso, Kenya, Niger, Nigeria, and Uganda. This enabled enhanced insight into the power management and analysis of ATC Africa’s sites. The platform uses PowerX’s ability to analyse data to optimise ATC’s site performance, ensuring a reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

The news aligns with ATC Africa's is goal of providing connectivity while reducing reliance on fossil fuels through the deployment of new sites that adhere to low GHG emissions site specifications, in accordance with its science-based targets.

“Our alliance with ATC will set bold new industry standards for tower energy efficiency. AI-driven analytics uniquely lead the way in efficiently managing power and providing accurate and auditable records in environmental sustainability such as how much diesel and GHG emissions have been eliminated from site operations," added Andrew Schafer, CEO of PowerX.

"We apply sophisticated machine learning and pattern recognition tools to existing site data to identify inefficiencies and anomalies previously buried deep in fragmented data sets. We are excited to bring these benefits to ATC Africa and to Africa’s burgeoning telecommunications industry, setting an ambitious benchmark for site efficiency and sustainability.”