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Power & Energy Efficiency Strategies for 5G Networks

Operators are rapidly deploying 5G to support the growing demand for mobile data and advanced services. In the context of rising energy prices, and the drive for net zero, to run this infrastructure, operators must reconsider their power and energy efficiency strategies.

Ruth Brown

February 14, 2024

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Date: Feb 14, 2024

Duration: 1 Hr

Mobile networks have demanding power requirements, with radio networks contributing to almost three-quarters of the total power consumption. For operators to create greener, more efficient networks will require end-to-end technology and architectural changes to both the RAN and core, something widely recognized within industry organizations and standards bodies.

This webinar is part of an industry initiative examining the best power and energy efficiency strategies within 5G networks.

Among the topics to be discussed include:

  • Improving power and energy efficiency across 5G domains, e.g., RAN, edge,  transport, core, etc.

  • Power efficiencies in the data center, e.g., virtualization, cloud-native technology, hardware-based approaches, etc.

  • Utilizing AI/ML techniques for optimization and energy savings

  • Quantifying network energy usage and potential savings via KPIs and metrics

  • Energy efficient network architectures and choices

  • The impact of future technology enhancements on energy efficiency

Speakers:
Ruth Brown, Principal Analyst – Mobile Networks & 5G, Heavy Reading
Ruth covers mobile network research for Heavy Reading. Key coverage areas include system architecture, core infrastructure and services, and supporting cloud technologies.

Prior to joining Heavy Reading, Ruth worked in mobile and fixed network research and design for BT for over 20 years. Her research interests have included convergence, mobile QoS, network slicing, private networks, cloud native mobile core technology and automation. She has filed more than 40 patents on both real world applications and enhancements to mobile core networks. Ruth is an advocate for women in engineering.

Rimma Iontel, Chief Architect - Global Telco Telecommunications, Entertainment and Media Technology, Strategy and Execution Office, Red Hat, Inc.
Rimma Iontel is a Chief Architect in Red Hat's Telecommunications, Media and Entertainment (TME) Technology, Strategy and Execution office.  She is responsible for supporting Red Hat’s global ecosystem of customers and partners in the Telecommunications industry and also represents TME in the CTO Customer-led Open Innovation organization.  Since joining Red Hat in 2014, she’s been assisting customers and partners in their network transformation journey, helping them leverage Red Hat open source solutions to build future-proof telecommunication networks capable of providing modern advanced services to the consumers in an efficient, sustainable, and cost-effective way.

Rimma has over twenty years of experience working in the telecommunications industry. Prior to joining Red Hat, she spent fourteen years at Verizon working on Next Generation Networks initiatives and contributing to the first steps of the company’s transition from legacy networks to the software defined cloud infrastructure.

Charlie AshtonSenior Director of Business Development, Napatech
As Senior Director of Business Development at Napatech, Charlie Ashton is responsible for identifying and nurturing new business opportunities in the telecom and cloud space. He also leads a variety of marketing programs including collaboration initiatives with strategic telecom ecosystem partners.

Gbenga Salami, Accomplished Engineer & Network Design Specialist, Complementary Solutions Team, BT

Dr Gbenga Salami is an accomplished engineer and technology leader employed as a network design specialist within the complementary solutions team (access network) at BT. His interests include the Internet of Things, energy savings in networks, radio design and propagation, optimization and radio resource management algorithms. Prior to BT, he worked as a senior technical marketing engineer with Cisco within the small cells technology group and as an RF systems engineer with Ubiquisys, a small cell startup company that Cisco Systems subsequently acquired. He holds PhD and MSc degrees from the University of Surrey, Guildford.

Ian DeakinsPrincipal Technologist, ATIS

Ian Deakin, a distinguished Principal Technologist at the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS), brings over 30 years of experience in the ICT industry to the forefront. Currently steering digital transformation initiatives, Ian is a key driver behind ATIS's endeavors in Identity, Privacy, Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT), and Quantum Security.

In his extensive career, Ian has cultivated a remarkable track record collaborating with global companies to define groundbreaking product and service propositions. Known for his expertise in implementing emerging technologies, he has played a pivotal role in delivering new business lines that shape the future of the telecoms industry.

A forward-thinking leader, Ian's career spans senior management positions with notable organizations such as iconectiv, CMG Telecom, Motorola, O2, and Siemens Nixdorf. His commitment to innovation extends to the cutting edge, where he is actively contributing to defining the landscape of 6G telecommunications.

About the Author(s)

Ruth Brown

Principal Analyst – Mobile Networks, Heavy Reading

Ruth covers mobile network research for Heavy Reading. Key coverage areas include system architecture, core infrastructure and services, and supporting cloud technologies. Prior to joining Heavy Reading, Ruth worked in mobile and fixed network research and design for BT for over 20 years. Her research interests have included convergence, mobile QoS, network slicing, private networks, cloud native mobile core technology and automation. She has filed more than 40 patents on both real world applications and enhancements to mobile core networks. Ruth is an advocate for women in engineering.

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