Monday, November 15, 2010

GSMA Offers Mobile Energy Efficiency Network Benchmarking

The GSMA is launching a Mobile Energy Efficiency (MEE) Network Benchmarking Service to help mobile network operators (MNOs) lower their energy costs and carbon footprint. Created in cooperation with China Mobile, Telefonica and Telenor, the MEE service will:

  • Quantify cost and CO2e savings for MNOs;

  • Promote a consistent methodology for benchmarking network energy efficiency along with common KPIs;

  • Collate industry data and benchmark outputs to enable MNOs to measure themselves externally and internally, quantifying potential efficiency gains; and

  • Coordinate across the industry and with regulatory stakeholders, so that the benchmarking methodology is adopted as a global standard.


The methodology benchmarks mobile networks by comparing four KPIs:

  • Mobile network energy consumption per mobile connection;

  • Mobile network energy consumption per cell site;

  • Mobile network energy consumption per unit mobile traffic and

  • Mobile network energy consumption per unit mobile revenue.


"Just a year ago we issued Mobile's Green Manifesto, which outlined the industry's plans to lower greenhouse gas emissions per connection by 40 per cent by 2020. The GSMA's mobile energy efficiency benchmarking service is a key enabler to achieving this goal," said Gabriel Solomon, Senior Vice President, Public Policy, GSMA.

The GSMA estimates that approximately 80 per cent of the industry's energy consumption is in the network, and energy costs are also becoming one of the largest components of network operational costs for MNOs. Given this, energy efficiency solutions, such as the MEE service, are becoming a strategic priority.
http://www.gsmworld.com/

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