5G Goes Green

Network energy saving has never been so important, with climate change one of the most pressing challenges of our era, says Tang Xue of ZTE.

In an article recently published in Developing Telecoms' new special report on Leveraging the Benefits of 5G in Emerging Markets, Tang discusses the role the mobile sector must play in reducing energy use, both because of its scale and its capability to make significant reductions. According to Tang, 5G is becoming the most critical technology for two major reasons: firstly, the introduction of 5G into the networks with 2G, 3G and 4G, brings more power consumption; second, although 5G can provide faster services, its energy efficiency is not always optimal - especially at the initial stage of deployment and with low traffic.

To solve these challenges ZTE Corporation recently launched a revolutionary 5G energy saving solution, PowerPilot, in a bid to help operators realize higher energy efficiency, lower carbon footprint and achieve more sustainable growth. Using AI, ZTE PowerPilot intelligently evaluates network service requirements saving up to twice as much energy as existing energy saving solutions with a typical network configuration. PowerPilot has significant advantages over conventional AI-based energy saving solutions and can save up to 20% of energy in a multi-mode network, thereby effectively reducing the operational expenditure.

Commercial trials undertaken with China Telecom in Chengdu in late 2020 showed that over 35% of the network energy consumption of 4G/5G can be reduced without impacting network performance or user experience.

To read the full article by Tang Xue about energy saving and more details about ZTE's PowerPilot solution including a video, please download Developing Telecoms new Special report "Leveraging the Benefits of 5G in Emerging Markets".

Tang Xue is Vice General Manager of the RAN Product Line at ZTE Corporation.


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