Vodafone has introduced a “breakthrough” vitality resolution from Ericsson for 5G community gear to cut back forecast vitality consumption in its future community.
The announcement was made as the corporate revealed an replace to its community technique, specifically how it’s transitioning and refarming 3G spectrum to 4G and the important expertise roadmap it has taken. Vodafone’s present community property contains greater than 300 websites based mostly on 1,400MHz supplementary downlink (SDL) band and greater than 2,850 transmitting at 2,600MHz.
Its 4G providers make up over 90% of site visitors on networks and demand is rising at greater than 40% yr on yr. Some 5% of present information site visitors is on 5G.
As Vodafone makes upgrades to the community, every cell web site go to contains 4G capability upgrades – with new expertise and new spectrum manufacturers, 5G deployment and Huge MIMO deployment.
With Ericsson, Vodafone stated it has accomplished the primary deployment of a brand new 5G radio that noticed vitality consumption lower by a every day common of 43%, and as a lot as 55% at off-peak instances. This noticed deployment of the Ericsson AIR 3227 antenna-integrated radio system put in on the roof of Vodafone’s Speechmark workplace in Southwark, central London.
Vodafone stated it was dedicated to deploying 5G in essentially the most energy-efficient, accountable and sustainable method attainable, and the inclusion of the AIR 3227 will assist keep away from pointless vitality consumption as buyer demand goes up and extra gear to ship 5G connectivity is added to the community.
Designed for future-proof and sustainable networks, the brand new radio can also be stated to be 51% lighter than the earlier technology and its extra compact design and improved vitality administration options will assist to minimise total web site footprint, making 5G roll-out and 4G upgrades faster and simpler, it stated. Vodafone has dedicated to deploying 1,500 of the brand new models by April 2022, enabling what it calls an environmentally accountable 5G deployment technique.
Turning to what kinds the huge bulk of its enterprise, Vodafone stated it was additionally enterprise a venture to make the very best and most effective use of spectrum and vitality sources. It has introduced that 10MHz of 900MHz spectrum that beforehand supplied 3G providers has now been refarmed to assist 4G.
The operator stated spectrum could be transitioned to assist 5G utilizing solely a software program improve, as buyer demand grows. The contiguous block of 10MHz of spectrum has been deployed throughout a number of websites in London, with “lots of” extra to observe, stated Vodafone.
It added that the venture to restructure and reallocate spectrum within the 900MHz band will double low-band capability for purchasers, enhancing the 4G expertise and reliability of the community. The reallocated 4G spectrum may also be complemented by deployment of Huge MIMO antenna, additional enhancing buyer expertise.
Additional capability has been added to make sure a dependable and constant 4G expertise right now, in addition to constructing in room for development, it stated. Over the previous 12 months, Vodafone noticed 4G site visitors on its community develop by greater than 40% yr on yr, a pattern that it stated is anticipated to proceed for the approaching years.
On the similar time, the operator revealed that 3G information utilization has declined quickly, from greater than 30% of whole site visitors in 2016 to lower than 4% right now. A devoted block of 900MHz spectrum will probably be retained for 2G and 3G providers.