Vodafone Egypt has completed a successful trial of an energy-saving solution that enables the operator to boost 3G coverage. In the trials, the Psi-Coverage solution from Ericsson lowered energy consumption by 40 percent as a result of reducing the amount of radios used for a 3G base station (from 3 to 1) within the network.
Tony Dolton, CTO at Vodafone Egypt, noted that the solution “reduced power consumption substantially and helped in saving OPEX/CAPEX costs.”
The solution eliminates the need for three radios in a coverage area, and instead uses one radio unit that connects three antennas together to provide high quality coverage without the power usage that is necessary in larger cities. As Egypt transforms into a highly connected market, mobile users will be able to use more data with less strain on energy consumption.
Anders Lindblad, President of Region Middle East and Africa, Ericsson, said: "This is an example of [using] sustainable ways of bringing mobile broadband to the masses. Psi-Coverage allows operators to reduce carbon footprint while maintaining quality of services to their customers."