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There are multiple ways to make the network more energy efficient. Sharing the network infrastructure is one of them – one that is more dependent on business models than on technology compared to, say, chipset energy efficiency. As a result, it requires a different approach to sustainability.
In this conversation with Mark Gilmour, CTO at ConnectiviTree, we talked about how to approach energy efficiency at the end-to-end network level, including infrastructure sharing and carbon credits.
This is an area where there is much innovation in terms of business models and where operators have the flexibility to manage their energy strategy. But alongside many opportunities lies a complexity in assessing their contribution and, more generally, in measuring progress toward sustainability and energy efficiency.
This interview is part of the Senza Fili Deep Dive report “Energy efficiency in Wireless: RAN and beyond.” Watch or download this conversation, or read the full report for free.
05:07 Mark Gilmour introduces himself and ConnectiviTree
08:54 Energy efficiency promotes new business models
12:42 Sleeping algorithms to reduce energy consumption
13:04 RAN and backbone
16:28 What does ConnectiviTree do?
20:18 Measuring energy efficiency, KPIs
29:00 Neutral hosts
30:35 DAS, energy efficiency and TCO
35:34 Network planning, deploying and operating a network
37:43 Open RAN
39:41 Reducing energy consumption as traffic goes up
43:47 When is it ok to turn hardware off?
47:42 Indoor and outdoor infrastructure: What is more energy efficient? How to document it?
49:30 Accounting for power consumption
54:42 Network sustainability auditing
56:29 Energy efficiency as a new dimension to think about network deployment and operations
1:01:21 Closing remarks
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