Building zero-emission radio access networks
The journey to a zero-emission radio access network (RAN) begins with a good strategy based on two parallel routes: use less power through increased energy efficiency and decarbonize the RAN through greater use of renewable energy.
Modernizing a typical legacy base station site to Single RAN can achieve up to 70 percent energy saving and reduce its annual CO2 emissions from more than 70 tonnes to just 17 tonnes. Furthermore, a Single RAN base station can reduce the Total Cost of Ownership by up to 30 percent compared to an LTE overlay solution.
Reduced consumption not only lowers your energy bills, but also makes it more cost-effective to deploy renewable energy solutions. With the capital cost of renewables falling fast, they can be deployed at any base station site and deliver worthwhile economic benefits.
Upgrading to the latest, next generation radio access brings further emissions reductions. Nokia AirScale Base Stations have 60 percent lower energy consumption than Nokia’s previous generation radio access solution.
With Nokia Zero Emission solution, every step of the journey will bring its own benefits by lowering your costs and improving your brand image as an environmentally-responsible operator.
- Up to 70 percent reduction in CO2 emissions
- Up to a 30 percent reduction in the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)
- For the first time, a broader use of renewable energy sources to reduce and even eliminate CO2 emissions, potentially increasing TCO savings
Some 80 percent of a mobile network’s energy is consumed by base station sites. Mobile operators report an increase of 10-30 percent annually in mobile network energy use. For example, the addition of LTE to existing GSM/WCDMA base station sites accounts for a double digit percentage increase in energy consumption. Nokia’s zero emission solutions can cut the energy consumption of such sites by 70 percent.
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Nokia is on a journey to a greener world. Our aim is that every new product is more energy efficient than the previous model. Nokia is using renewable energy in its own operations wherever available. Today, close to 50 percent of the electricity Nokia consumes in its own operations is from renewable sources. We enable operators to take the same journey by choosing to use renewable energy sources that include wind, solar, fuel cells and energy-efficient battery power, as well as electricity from the power grid generated from renewable sources.