Wireless network operating expenditure will top $22 billion within five years thanks to rising power costs. But advances in green computing and mobile base station efficiency will begin mitigating against those increases a year earlier, according to a new prediction by ABI Research.
The firm believes dynamic network dimensioning, better hardware integration and other solutions is likely to decrease base station power consumption by 43% by 2013. Alternative energy sources including solar, wind and batteries will also feature more heavily in network builds across the next few years.
“Although reducing power consumption provides good ecological credentials for carriers and vendors alike, the real driver for improving power consumption is financial. It is imperative that carriers do everything possible to negate rising energy costs in an environment where network traffic and ARPUs are diverging,” explained analyst Stuart Carlaw, adding operators will be able to spin their financial bulwark as a consumer asset. “It is only a matter of time before carries begin to market services under the green banner.”