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Sep 25th 2019

10 Paths to Achieving Sustainability in Telecom and Wireless 

Sustainability in Telecom: 10 Pathways to Reduce Energy Consumption 

Given the rise of 5G and increasing demands by communication equipment, energy consumption of wireless networks has escalated in the last decade. Like automotive and consumer goods, the wireless industry has begun making changes to improve sustainability in telecom and reduce energy usage.

While the concept of sustainability is not new, sustainability in telecom has only recently become a key factor in many organization’s operations. Below are ten strategies telecom organizations can implement to become more sustainable. 

Moving Towards Modern, Sustainability in Telecom Design

In the United States, Federal government initiatives and supplier commitments aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 26 million metric tons by 2025 (based on 2008 levels) — the equivalent of taking nearly 5.5 million cars off the road for a year.

Activists are canvassing all industries, not just automotive, for ways to reduce energy consumption. Leaders in the wireless and telecom industry are mobilizing and searching for ways to lower their overall energy consumption. Improving sustainability in the telecommunication sector addresses environmental issues, such as global warming, but also helps to fulfill energy requirements in rural areas where power availability may be poor. 

As the topic of energy efficiency in the telecommunication industry continues to gain traction, savvy companies are innovating to become more sustainable. They are engineering systems that not only deliver on performance, but also reduce overall energy consumption at the same time. 

Some sustainable strategies that modern, telecom companies can employ to reduce costs and the environmental impacts of operation, include:

  1. Green design for 5G mobile telecommunications infrastructures
  2. Adopting innovative technology
  3. Analyzing possible use of renewable sources, such as solar
  4. Designing energy efficient components for data centers
  5. Implementing power-saving modes in base stations
  6. Improving backup power sources
  7. Optimizing cooling equipment and thermal management via energy engineering solutions
  8. Reducing power requirements via small cells
  9. Providing real time monitoring and analysis of data center energy output
  10. Planning for future equipment expansion

Going Green in Telecom with KMB  

In an effort to “go green” and implement sustainable telecom practices, organizations are turning to telecom and wireless engineering companies for solutions. Progressive 5G engineering and design companies, like KMB, help organizations implement strategic and more sustainable wireless systems, without sacrificing efficacy.

As a leading provider of innovative and sustainable solutions in the United States, KMB has extensive experience planning and designing efficient telecom networks. Our licensure in 50 states and experience throughout the USA and Europe makes us an ideal partner to ensure your project is designed and deployed to meet your financial, operational and sustainability goals.

For more information on how KMB can help you with your next project, please contact us today. We look forward to working together in the future.