Thursday, 14 April 2011 08:52 | James Barton
China Unicom’s subsidiary in Anhui province is gearing up to reduce the energy consumption of its mobile base transceiver station (BTS) sites by as much as 20%. In order to replace more costly air conditioning units, the operator will deploy energy solutions - including cooling box and battery cooling cabinet – from Nokia Siemens Networks.
“This is truly a win-win situation for us,” said Li Chao, general manager of Anhui Unicom. “It will help us meet the government imperative to mobile operators to reduce energy consumption. In the long run, it will also help us reduce our network operating costs from anywhere between 10-30%, while improving service availability.”
The bulk of the energy consumed on a BTS site is attributable to the room air conditioner. NSN’s leading Energy Solutions can help lower average ambient temperatures to reduce the dependency on expensive air-conditioning, reducing total power consumption.
“Our solution provides a comprehensive approach to reduce energy consumption in mobile operators’ networks,” added Xue Rui, head of Nokia Siemens Networks’ global services business in Greater China. “Not only do we help operators meet their green targets but also help them do so cost efficiently.”
As operators expand their networks, especially in rural and remote areas, they are faced with the challenges of dealing with rising energy costs and minimising their carbon footprint. Energy consumption in telecom networks, which accounts for 86% of the total energy consumed by operators or 10%-30% of network operating expenditure. Energy saving solutions help operators achieve reduced energy bills while contributing positively to environmental sustainability and help them meet their corporate social responsibility objectives.
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