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Nokia AVA Helps CSPs Reduce Energy Bills By Up To 20%

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By Oystein Bergmann, Correspondent Scandinavia

Nokia has launched its Nokia AVA Energy Efficiency service, applying AI to the challenge of rising energy consumption in multi-vendor, multi-technology networks. The service helps Communications Service Providers (CSPs) to reduce energy bills by up to 20 per cent and move towards more sustainable patterns of energy usage.

Nokia AVA provides Artificial Intelligence (AI) services that can be delivered through the cloud. Nokia AVA blends telecoms expertise, AI and cloud based delivery into a coherent service offering for energy control that powers down parts of the radio network when traffic levels are low. Machine Learning algorithms ensure that energy savings are maximized without compromising network quality. CSPs can also utilize analytics dashboards to benchmark the energy efficiency of different base stations, including batteries and air conditioning units.

ABI Research forecasts that the energy consumption of CSPs will increase 160 per cent by 2030. Although 5G networks are up to 90 percent more energy efficient than legacy 4G networks, overall energy usage will increase due to rising traffic and the rollout of ever more dense networks. New approaches, like Nokia’s AVA Energy Efficiency service, are needed to break the connection between network evolution and growing energy consumption.

The Nokia AVA Energy Efficiency service has already been deployed by CSPs around the world to reduce annual energy usage. Nokia offers CSPs choices in terms of commercial delivery models, including a standalone As-a-Service option or as part of a larger Managed Service contract. In either case, CSP payments can be linked to the actual savings that are delivered by Nokia.

Nokia is aligned with the ambition of limiting global warming to 1.5 Celsius. In 2019, Nokia delivered zero-emission products to over 150 customers worldwide.46 per cent less energy was used on average in the customer base station sites Nokia modernized in 2019 compared to those where its customers did not modernize.

Principal Analyst, ABI Research, Don Alusha said: “CSPs’ energy consumption in 5G networks is set to grow. This is, in part, attributable to network densification and implementation of massive MIMO technology. The Nokia AVA Energy Efficiency service provides CSPs with an option to control energy consumption as they proceed with their 5G rollouts. Further, with Nokia’s new service, CSPs can potentially avoid significant capital outlays in favor of consumption economics and variable costs over time.”

Vice President, Operate and Managed Services at Nokia, Friedrich Trawoeger said: “CSPs and vendors have a joint responsibility to reduce energy consumption – for the good of the planet and shareholders alike. Tangible and rapid results are achieved by harnessing the power of AI, and by moving towards more sustainable patterns of energy use.”

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