Vodafone predicts 10% power savings with network upgrade program
As Vodafone New Zealand prepares for the launch of its commercial 5G network, the company is looking forward to the potential of reducing its electricity usage in Aotearoa by at least 10% over the next three years from increased energy efficiencies offered by implementing a range of new technologies.
Sharina Nisha, Head of Platforms, explains: “We are seeing a continual increase in data usage, as New Zealanders use more digital methods to communicate with each other and consume content such as online streaming. As this happens, we are working on a range of initiatives to upgrade our network technology, to deliver an overall reduction in electricity and energy use in our network operations.
“We’re expecting around 10% savings in power consumption over the next few years as we upgrade a number of platforms and decommission legacy technology.
“While 5G will result in large increases in data use, because of the efficiencies built into the newer technologies, and as we migrate away from older 2G and 3G networks, we will ultimately reduce our energy consumption in our core network.”
Nisha explains there are four key element that are enabling these energy savings and network efficiencies:
Nisha also notes that 5G will enable efficiencies for New Zealand businesses in Aotearoa.
“By using newer technologies that are optimised for peak and off-peak times, and intelligent internet of things (IoT) networks, 5G will create both beneficial economic outcomes and also enhanced environmental and social outcomes. For example smart sensors in schools can reduce power consumption and costs incurred by dynamically ensuring lights only come on when students and teachers enter buildings.
“We encourage Kiwi businesses to consider the new use cases that the fifth generation network will offer.”
Visit https://www.vodafone.co.nz/5G/ to learn more.