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Mobile energy efficiency has become a strategic priority for mobile network operators (MNOs).

This is not surprising since MNOs are spending more than $17 billion annually on energy use. And as mobile use continues to grow, so does the demand for energy, particularly by the network infrastructure.

Consequently, the GSMA (Global System for Mobile Communications Association) has run two key Mobile Energy Efficiency Services to help MNO’s reduce their energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions:

  • Benchmarking
  • Optimisation

The benchmarking service measures the relative efficiency of an MNO’s radio access network. It identifies under-performing networks and quantifies any potential efficiency gains, which are typically around 10-25% across a portfolio.

One benefit of benchmarking is that it provides a detailed analysis of the operator’s relative network performance against a large dataset, compared anonymously to maintain confidentiality. This is done by comparing networks against four key performance indicators: Energy consumption, per mobile connection, per unit of mobile traffic, per cell site and per unit of mobile revenue.

Optimisation, on the other hand, undertakes site audits and equipment trials, analyses the costs and benefits of specific actions to reduce energy and emissions, and then rolls out the most attractive solutions.

Examples of these measures include:

  • Upgrading to high efficiency rectifiers
  • Implementing free air cooling in cell sites
  • Installing energy saving software features
  • Installing smart meters
  • Reducing diesel consumption (e.g., using generator-battery hybrids)

Want to learn more? Tonex offers Mobile Energy Efficiency Training, a 2-day course where participants learn about the fundamentals of Mobile Energy Efficiency and how energy saving on node level requires the energy-metering feature to support the energy analytics function. 

Also learn how the use of mobile networks can have a decreasing effect on greenhouse gas emissions. Additionally, gain good knowledge of energy mix utilized by the networks and carbon neutral.

This course is recommended for:

  • Engineers, managers, supervisors 
  • Power & energy Professional and technical personnel
  • Mobile Networks Power Systems Professionals

For more information, questions, comments, contact us.

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