Vodafone Germany has deployed Ericsson’s new Base Transceiver Station (BTS) Power Saving feature, which was developed to reduce energy consumption of mobile networks. The initiative is part of the operator’s strategy to reduce energy usage and corresponding carbon emissions.
The new feature works by putting parts of the network that are not being used during low traffic period on standby mode. Traditionally radio equipment is continually turned on even during low usage times.
According to Ericsson, the Power Saving feature can save between 10 and 20 percent of the energy per BTS during operation without any degradation of service quality to end-users.
The feature will only work with Ericsson GSM radio base stations introduced since 1995.
China Award: Meanwhile, Ericsson was selected for the China Information Industry Energy Efficiency Innovation Award by the China Center for Information Industry Development (CCID), an industry think tank under the direction of the MII.
The Award was presented to Ericsson as part of the seventh Annual Economic Conference of China IT Industry in Beijing and recognizes the company’s efforts in improving the energy efficiency of its products as well as optimization of network energy consumption.
In addition to the BTS Power Saving features, Ericsson initiatives in this area include a commitment to improve the energy efficiency of its base stations by up to 80% by end-2008, the introduction of the Ericsson Tower Tube, a base station design that reduces carbon emission by 30% during construction and 40% when in operation. Ericsson also offers systems using renewable energy such as solar and biofuel and installed its first solar site in 2000.