Wednesday, 16 January 2019

New training program could reduce mobile network energy needs

RTop2A new energy efficiency training program has the potential to reduce up to one third of mobile phone network energy consumption says Mobile Carriers Forum (MCF) Program Manager Ray McKenzie.

“The training program pilot was designed to create a cultural shift and change work practices in the design of radio networks, which can contribute up to 90 per cent of some mobile carriers’ total energy consumption,” Mr McKenzie told attendees at the recent Smart Power for Smart Communications Conference held in Brisbane.
Efficiency improvements include improved air-conditioning systems, the use of free cooling capabilities and the use of alternative energy sources such as solar power, he said
“If widely adopted, the training course has shown that it has the potential to become a vital resource for all mobile network carriers across Australia, where energy efficiency measures are expected to be incorporated into overall management systems.”
“The Energy Efficiency Training Pilot program was completed in 2012 and the course received good feedback from participants. There has also been interest from the international operators looking to deploy the energy efficiency training within their teams,” said Mr McKenzie.
The training course, developed in collaboration with national climate change consultancy Energetics, will create more efficient network designs and deployment practices, he said.
The pilot received significant funding from the New South Wales Government’s Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) Energy Efficiency Training Program and was also supported by member network carriers Telstra, Optus and Vodafone Hutchison Australia.

The course covers general energy use considerations, network specific energy use, energy efficiency accounting and business case examples.

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