Intelligent CIO LATAM Issue 10 - Page 41

FEATURE : 5G NETWORKS
Energy consumption and environmental impact
5G networks require a larger number of sites , which will inevitably affect energy consumption and generate more carbon dioxide if proper measures are not taken . Therefore , telecom operators should take advantage of the energy-efficient features of AC and DC devices and cooling equipment with energy-saving features to support 4G network equipment .
Another thing to consider is the transition from lead batteries to lithium batteries . It can have a positive effect on energy consumption and can also affect the cost of the site because the use of lithium-ion batteries can reduce the capacity of the air conditioner or eliminate it .
Even though 5G networks are up to 90 % more efficient per unit of traffic than their 4G predecessors , they require much more power due to higher network density , high reliance on IT systems , higher network usage and the rapid growth of traffic .

5G NETWORKS REQUIRE A LARGER NUMBER

OF SITES , WHICH WILL INEVITABLY AFFECT

ENERGY CONSUMPTION .

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