Vodafone has announced that it has completed a trial of a new 5G radio which saw energy consumption decrease by a daily average of 43%, and as much as 55% at off-peak times.
Vodafone will now deploy 1,500 of the new units by April 2022, enabling an environmentally responsible 5G deployment strategy.
Vodafone says the deployment of the new equipment will help reduce Vodafone’s forecast energy consumption of its future 5G network.
Andrea Dona, Chief Network Officer, Vodafone UK, said: “Our strategy is simple; turn off anything we don’t need, modernise our network where possible, and use the most energy efficient options available without compromising the service we deliver to our customers. The success of this trial allows us to explore new ways we can more effectively manage the energy consumption of our network with our partner Ericsson.