Nokia base stations to see huge power consumption reduction

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Nokia has announced that it plans to halve its 5G base station power consumption over the next two years. The firm will aim towards these emission reductions by making “continuous improvements” to the software that controls the base stations and by developing new AirScale 5G mMIMO Base Station variants that use the latest SoCs which are more power-efficient.

Commenting on the work to reduce the emissions of its base stations, Ari Kynäslahti, Head of Technology and Strategy at Nokia Mobile Networks, said:

“Nokia is committed to contributing to solving the world’s sustainability challenges and we do that by ensuring our technology is designed to be as energy-efficient as possible. This means using less energy during use and manufacture. Everything from our chipsets to our software and hardware is geared towards supporting this goal.”

In its announcement, Nokia recognised that 5G is set to dramatically increase network traffic, therefore, it wants to implements techniques such as advanced sleep mode and other power-saving features to cut the energy usage.

By reducing base station emissions, Nokia will be able to more easily work towards its wider goal of halving its 2019 emission by 2030, which it announced at the start of the month. It said that it is working towards new, more ambitious Science Based Targets (SBTs) that will bring it in line to meet the 1.5°C global warming scenario rather than the 2.0°C scenario.

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