Nokia announces 50% power reduction in 5G kit by 2023

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It hasn’t been a good week for Nokia, with the Finnish telecoms giant announcing that it was cutting up to 10,000 jobs worldwide over the next two years, but this hasn’t stopped Nokia moving ahead with its plans for reducing power consumption, and ultimately achieving zero emissions.

Today, Nokia announced that its AirScale 5G mMIMO base station, one of the leading products used in 5G infrastructure around the world, will achieve an average power consumption reduction of 50 percent by 2023.

"Everything from our chipsets to our software and hardware is geared towards supporting this goal.”

Ari Kynäslahti, Nokia.

“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,” said Ari Kynäslahti, head of technology and strategy at Nokia Mobile Networks. “This means using less energy during use and manufacture. Everything from our chipsets to our software and hardware is geared towards supporting this goal.” 

Commitment to zero emissions

This, Nokia says, is yet a further commitment to battle climate change and achieve zero emissions, which will be delivered via improvements in software functionalities and new mMIMO product variants based on its latest system system-on-a-chip (SoC) technology. 

According to Nokia, recent customer field tests found that the power consumption for Nokia’s 5G mMIMO BTS site was more than 10% lower than that of its nearest competitor, with the company now pledging to further lower the consumption of 5G mMIMO base stations by approximately 50 percent. 

This will be achieved by using technologies such as AI and advanced sleep mode features, which will help to optimize the base station energy usage, and will form part of Nokia’s commitment to developing the most energy efficient product portfolio for 5G networking.

Despite growing concerns around the energy consumption of 5G, with the requirement for extra infrastructure and 5G small cells, 5G is actually far greener than its predecessor, with more data bits per kilowatt of energy than any previous wireless technology generation. But with consumers on 5G already consuming nearly three times more data than people using 4G, it’s critical that the energy consumed does not rise at the same rate. 

Dan Oliver

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