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Issue 63(01/2012)
Let us COMMUNICATE beyond technology and together understand the latest industry trends, analyze successful cases, find out about leading technologies and much more.
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Editorial
Hou Jinlong, President of Energy & Infrastructure Product Line: Operators all need to implement cost-efficient energy solutions that utilize renewable sources, while continuing to improve the efficiency of legacy infrastructure.
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Experts' Forum
Roel Louwhoff, CEO of BT Operate, which is responsible for managing BT's energy strategy, talks about how the telecom titan is going from green to greener.
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Peng Peng, Huawei senior expert on onsite energy conservation: Microgrids, a cutting-edge technology, feature intelligent control systems that enable self-coordinated operation.
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Lu Shaokun: Large and ultra-large data centers are becoming vital to the ICT industry, despite their higher energy & maintenance costs. Service providers face daunting challenges with saving energy and enhancing resource efficiency.
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Main Topic
Adoption of cutting-edge power electronics technology, improvement of equipment energy efficiency, and large-scale application of solar power are three key measures to delivering a greener future.
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Base stations are the key energy consumers on any mobile network; their monitoring & upgrade are essential if operators are to compete. With efficient monitoring & optimization, power consumption efficiency can be enhanced.
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Besides improving network infrastructure, operators need to conserve energy, reduce operating costs, and minimize their carbon footprint; eco-friendly G3 (third-generation) sites provide an optimal solution.
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How to Operate
By employing efficient power supply and simplifying its site network management system, Telefónica is closer to its target of 30% energy reduction by 2015.
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To adapt to challenges brought by 3G deployment & power consumption reduction, China Mobile is modernizing its power system at the equipment & daily operational levels.
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China Unicom Shandong has blazed a trail in energy saving & emission reduction with its energy-saving software, thermoregulated battery cabinets, and alternative energy sources.
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Learn more about the onsite energy alternatives available to African operators.
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Solution
Communication sites account for 45-70% of telcos’ total energy consumption and are thus the primary foci for their green programs, which aim for energy efficiency and independence.
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Uninterrupted power supply for remote base stations is now possible through the combining of alternative power supplies with traditional sources.
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The cloud computing boom will require a large number of data center equipment rooms that feature optimal application fulfillment, deployment suitability, and TCO. Modular, distributed, and intelligent design will help.
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Cutting Edge
Fuel cells use hydrogen, together with oxygen from the air, to produce electricity and heat. They can be a viable solution for onsite backup power, thanks to their reliability, cost-effectiveness and eco-friendliness.
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With the rapid development of the photovoltaic industry, the cost of solar energy has goes down dramatically; it will become a key energy player for sustainable growth over the next century.
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