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Ericsson AI optimises energy consumption

Steve Rogerson
February 25, 2020



Ericsson has launched AI-powered energy management that leverages artificial intelligence and data analytics to optimise energy consumption across network infrastructure for communications service providers.
 
Integrated into the Ericsson Operations Engine – the company’s AI-based, data-driven approach to managed services – the Energy Infrastructure Operations helps service providers reduce opex and CO2 emissions from their networks while increasing site availability.
 
It creates energy efficiencies on the radio network, where most savings can be achieved. This not only addresses site-related energy savings, but also operational efficiencies to enable fewer site visits to be performed, ultimately resulting in CO2 emission reduction across multiple layers.
 
Deployment can achieve a 15 per cent decrease in energy-related opex, 15 per cent reduction in site visits related to passive infrastructure, and 30 per cent reduction of energy related outages, says Ericsson.
 
Energy Infrastructure Operations has been trialled with users in Europe, Asia, Middle East and Latin America and is live in Telenor Myanmar’s network.
 
“Telenor Myanmar has worked systematically over the past years to reduce energy consumption and lower carbon emissions,” said Ruza Sabanovic, CTO of Telenor Group. “In the last two years, our per-site energy consumption has been reduced by 19 per cent. We’ve taken another positive step by going live with Ericsson’s energy management on the Telenor Myanmar network. This enables us to use machine learning and data analytics to optimise energy use and maximise site availability, helping us to continue working towards our climate ambitions.”
 
Today, energy consumption ranges from 20 to 40 per cent of a site operation opex annually. According to Ericsson’s AI report, opex reduction ranks among the top priorities for operators.
 
“We see a strong focus from our customers on reducing energy consumption as they look to make their operations more efficient and improve their carbon footprint,” said Peter Laurin, SVP at Ericsson. “Our Energy Infrastructure Operations offering is innovative with different efficiency scenarios to address different needs. Its AI-based data-driven approach will enable service providers to achieve opex and capex savings as well as reductions in CO2 emissions.”