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Vodafone and Ericsson have completed the first implementation of a new 5G radio station that he saw decrease energy consumption by a daily average of 43% and up to 55% during off-peak hours. The integrated radio solution with Ericsson antenna (AIR 3227) was installed on the roof of Vodafone’s Speechmark office in Southwark, central London.
Vodafone and Ericsson halve energy consumption thanks to 5G
Vodafone UK and Ericsson have implemented one in London new 5G radio station which has seen energy consumption decrease by an average of 43% (on a daily basis) and up to 55% in off-peak hours, compared to the previous generation of technology. This first test is part of a collaboration agreement between Ericsson and Vodafone UK which involves the implementation of 1,500 new radio solutions integrated with Ericsson antenna (AIR 3227) throughout the Vodafone UK network by April 2022. This will contribute to the reduced energy consumption without compromising performance.
Ericsson’s radio solution, designed with a view to supporting more sustainable networks and designed to last, is also 51% lighter. Its compact design, coupled with improved power management capabilities, will optimize footprint by making 5G roll-out and 4G upgrades quicker and easier.
Andrea Dona, Chief Network Officer, Vodafone UK, said: “Our strategy is simple. Turn off everything we don’t need; modernize our network where possible and use the most energy efficient options available without compromising the service we provide to our customers. The success of this trial allows us to explore new ways to more effectively manage the energy consumption of our network with our partner Ericsson. It’s about putting sustainability at the center of every decision and adding up all the small gains to make a substantial difference ”.
In addition to improving the energy efficiency of the sites, Vodafone and Ericsson are also experimenting with the use of drones to minimize the environmental impact of radio site inspections, essential for their maintenance and updates.