Huawei pushes for greener 5G networks

Huawei executives said the company will focus on building greener 5G networks that will not only perform at a higher level, but also reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. In fact, reducing power consumption and embracing sustainability was a key topic this week at Huawei’s Global Mobile Broadband Forum annual conference in Dubai.

During the opening session, Ryan Ding, executive director of Huawei and chairman of the company’s operator business group, said it is estimated that by 2030, the average data traffic per user and per month will reach 600 GB. He noted that if the existing networks remain unchanged, the power consumption of wireless networks will increase more than tenfold to accommodate this traffic. And he said operators must innovate in the supply, distribution, use and management of electricity and build greener networks if they are to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 45%.

Bing, of course, also touted Huawei’s efforts in this area, noting that the company has developed an iSolar power system that can be used in cabinets and on poles as well as at cell sites and indoors. equipment rooms. He added that Huawei has also redesigned its cell site form factors so that they are integrated and share power consumption between different equipment to ensure that electricity to the cell site is not wasted. .

Bing wasn’t the only Huawei executive pointing out the need for the industry to go green. Ken Hu, rotating chairman of Huawei, also said during his opening speech that the mobile industry has the opportunity to help all industries reduce emissions and improve energy efficiency. Hu said the World Economic Forum said that by 2020, digital technology will be able to reduce global carbon emissions by at least 15%.

Hu said Huawei is trying to optimize power management in its data centers and use new materials and algorithms to reduce the power consumption of its products.

Huawei has also included the development of green networks in its top 10 trends for the next decade. Specifically, the company said it believes industry will consider energy efficiency in all aspects of its network design, including radio interfaces, devices and sites.

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But Huawei isn’t the only telecommunications company focused on sustainability and reducing carbon emissions. Orange and Nokia announced earlier this week that they are teaming up to encourage the use of refurbished radio access network equipment in networks to reduce waste and increase sustainability as well as control the costs.

Nokia has announced that it will offer refurbished RAN equipment to all Orange subsidiaries.

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