Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Developing Markets Facing 55% Rise in Power Costs For Base Stations

­Mobile base station electricity costs could rise by nearly 55% over the next five years unless operators address network inefficiencies and reduce reliance on non-renewable energy resources, according to a new report from Juniper Research.
The green base stations report utilised scenario-based models to derive estimates of base station power consumption, CO2 emissions and implied electricity costs. Under the incremental model - wherein operators and vendors would not be markedly proactive in pursuing green policies - global base station electricity costs would exceed $9bn by 2014, with operators dependent on off-grid electricity hit particularly hard.
However, the green report found that a transformational approach - wherein operators invest substantially in power reduction in the base station, and migrate from diesel to renewable energy to power off-grid generators - total base station electricity costs would peak in 2011 and by 2014 would have fallen to 10% below their current levels.
According to report author Dr Windsor Holden, "Operators in Africa and Asia who continue to rely on diesel for off-grid generators will find margins increasingly squeezed as their networks expand and diesel prices rise. We believe that unless a transition to generators powered by renewable energy is effected, then many such networks may no longer be financially viable within a few years."
Other findings from the green base stations research include:
Text Box: •	Base stations are responsible for more than 70% of CO2 emissions in the mobile use phase
•	Operators should increasingly seek to utilise feederless sites and distributed site architecture as means of reducing inefficiency
•	Adopting measures suggested under the transformational model will enable operators to reduce base station CO2 emissions by up to 30%

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