Huawei Green Antenna Series Wins GSMA GLOMO Award for "Best Mobile Network Infrastructure"

Huawei's Green Antenna series won the "Best Mobile Network Infrastructure" award at the GSMA Global Mobility (GLOMO) Awards in 2024.

April 23, 2024

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Huawei's Green Antenna series won the "Best Mobile Network Infrastructure" award at the GSMA Global Mobility (GLOMO) Awards in 2024. This award is an industry recognition of the important role antennas have in achieving green, sustainable mobile networks.

Green future networks

With an ever-increasing amount of network traffic, energy consumption issues are more challenging for mobile operators. With mobile operators’ implementation of energy conservation and emission reduction policies, and further innovation in energy-efficient communication technologies, mobile network construction has an increasing demand for green solutions. Green networks not only help reduce energy consumption and save energy costs, but also enable sustainable development. Construction of green mobile networks is critical for operators’ long- term business success.

Green antenna solutions

Green antennas are one of the key enablers for building green networks. Green antennas play an important role in the following aspects:

  1. Energy savings: Antennas have the unique role in networks of connecting base station equipment wirelessly over the air to end user devices. End-to-end antenna efficiency has a great influence on base station energy consumption. Innovative antenna designs, materials and manufacturing technologies are used to minimize energy losses.  Network energy consumption and OPEX can be thereby reduced.

  2. Green deployment: Network evolution drives the deployment of new sites and the upgrade of existing sites. Installing new antennas, or replacing old antennas , implies repeated resource consumption during site construction. Moreover, antenna replacement causes an actual antenna life cycle to be shorter than the designed one, which results in a waste of resources. Therefore, antenna solutions, which can enable simplified deployment and maximized antenna life cycles, are critical to enabling efficient green network construction and evolution.

  3. Green manufacturing: First, green manufacturing minimizes the use of non-environmentally friendly materials in products, to reduce pollution during manufacturing as well as the impact on the environment after the end of the product life cycle. Second, energy efficient and environmentally clean manufacturing processes replace traditional high energy consumption and high-pollution antenna manufacturing processes.

Huawei Green Antenna series, saving energy and simplifying deployment

To meet the requirements of green network construction, Huawei Green Antenna series brings new methodology to improve network energy efficiency and save deployment cost, through innovative low-loss and high-integration antenna technology.

The Huawei Green Antenna series enables:

  1. Maximized energy savings: The industry unique SDIF technology brings energy efficiency and performance of antennas to a new level. The integrated feeding and cable-free design greatly reduces energy losses and improves antenna energy efficiency up to 25%. In addition, unique Meta lens technology effectively concentrates RF energy projection into the target coverage area and reduces energy dissipation in other unwanted areas, such as adjacent sectors. This ultimate energy efficiency feature can improve coverage and traffic while maintaining the same energy consumption, as well as save energy consumption while maintaining the same network performance. In both cases, uplink performance directly benefits from the high antenna efficiency.

  2. Reduced deployment costs: Innovative FreSIP (Frequency Selective Isolating and Penetrating) and Folding Array technologies are used to improve antenna integration and to reduce the number of boxes and the load at sites, saving deployment costs. BladeAAU integrates massive MIMO with passive antennas. Operators can use BladeAAU to replace existing 4G antennas, enabling 4G and 5G massive MIMO co-deployment and reducing OPEX. X2 antenna doubles the configuration capability while keeping the same size, helping operators achieve cost efficient network evolution without requiring site reconstruction or additional reinforcements. In addition, the Green Antenna series does not require replacement of other RAN equipment, which greatly protects the existing investments of operators.

  3. Green environmentally sustainable manufacturing processes: The innovative SDIF technology replaces PCB architectures traditionally used in antennas with metal stripline technology and removes the need for cables inside antennas, solder joints and screws by 80%, greatly reducing manufacturing and recycling pollution. Moreover, laser welding technology, which uses an industry unique high-precision automated manufacturing process, avoids the pollution and energy consumption of electroplating and soldering traditionally used in antenna manufacturing.

In live network tests with Eco antennas, energy consumption reduction of 26% during busy hours has been achieved, without degrading coverage, helping operators save electricity cost of 900 Euro per site per year. At the same time, carbon emissions are reduced, providing an effective green development of mobile networks. With more 250,000 green antennas deployed worldwide, up to 90,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions can be saved, which otherwise would require 65 million square meters of forests to absorb.

Huawei's Green Antennas, saving energy and simplifying deployment, have been used in 75 countries around the world.

  • In Norway and Finland, high-efficient Huawei Green Antennas achieved more than 26% energy savings during busy hours while maintaining network performance.

  • In Poland, energy-efficient Huawei Green Antennas improved mid-band coverage up to 3 dB, resolving low-band traffic congestion and improving total network traffic by 12.5%.

  • In Italy, two operators chose Huawei X2 antennas for antenna sharing. The quantity of antennas per site has been reduced from 9 to 3, while also evolving from 2T2R to 4T4R in low frequency bands.

  • In the Middle East, Huawei BladeAAU solution integrates massive MIMO and passive antenna into one box, supporting 2G/3G/4G/5G frequency bands all-in-one. It also minimizes the space required for antenna installation, thus saving OPEX.

  • In Malaysia, operators use Huawei Green Antenna to replace old antennas in the live network, which helps operators improve coverage and increase traffic by 20%.

  • In China, China Mobile has put Huawei Green Antenna into commercial use in Beijing and Jiangsu Province. Testing results show energy consumption is reduced by about 20%. In addition, the average uplink user rate is increased by 5%.

  • In Latin America, Huawei BladeAAU solution achieved efficient co-deployment of massive MIMO and passive antenna. Compared with independent deployment of massive MIMO and passive antennas, BladeAAU reduces the windward area by 28%, reducing site rentals.

The "Best Mobile Network Infrastructure" award fully recognizes that Huawei's Green Antenna series greatly reduces network operation life cycle costs, by improving energy efficiency and device integration. In addition, this solution improves network coverage and user experience while saving energy. Sun Youwei, President of Huawei Antenna Business Unit, said “We are very grateful to receive this significant award from GSMA. Higher spectrum and energy utilization are crucial for all operators looking to provide optimal network experience. By improving antenna energy efficiency and device integration, Huawei green antennas can improve energy saving, network coverage and user experience. Huawei is happy to work with our industry partners to develop and apply green antennas in more frequency bands and application scenarios.”

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