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Assessment of the energy efficiency enhancement of future mobile networks

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Author: Litjens, R. · Toh, Y. · Zhang, H. · Blume, O.
Publisher: IEEE
Place: Piscataway, NJ
Source:IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference, WCNC 2014, 6-9 April 2014, Istanbul, Turkey, 2336-2341
Identifier: 520160
doi: doi:10.1109/WCNC.2014.6952714
Keywords: Telecommunication · Energy efficiency · Mobile telecommunication systems · Wireless networks · Comprehensive assessment · Data traffic growth · Network dimensioning · Performance requirements · Energy efficiency · Infrastructures · Information Society · Communication & Information · PNS - Performance of Networks & Services · TS - Technical Sciences


We assess the energy efficiency of mobile networks in 2020, and compare it with a 2010 baseline. A comprehensive assessment approach is taken, considering all relevant scenario aspects such as data traffic growth, hardware evolutions, mobile network deployments and operations including network sharing and the dynamic switching on/off of radio resources. In order to show the best technical capacities of mobile networks in achieving energy efficiency in 2020, while ensuring a fair comparison with the 2010 baseline scenarios, we apply a realistically appropriate approach for network dimensioning, determining suitable site densities that are in line with up- and downlink coverage and performance requirements. The results show an energy efficiency improvement factor of about 793 in 2020 over 2010.