5G Network Energy Efficiency

5G will allow a huge boost to network capacity while maintaining a flat energy consumption.

Achieving the capacity we need while keeping energy costs in check

Energy consumption is a major contributor to network OPEX and also has an impact on CO2 emissions. Reducing this requires an emphasis on minimizing energy consumption not directly related to data transmission. These reductions will be achieved by focusing on:

  • Energy consumption when the base station has no data to be sent
  • Energy consumption due to auxiliary equipment
  • Hardware efficiency, particularly when operating below maximum power