Tackling the Energy Challenge in Telecom: The Imperative of a Unified Energy-Aware Service Assurance Platform

GreySkies Inc's intelligent energy-aware energy service assurance platform is an invaluable ally for MNOs aiming to improve their energy efficiency and reduce total energy consumption. With its AI and ML capabilities for identifying low-efficiency sites, optimizing energy consumption, and automating dynamic power management, GreySkies Inc's platform offers a comprehensive solution for energy savings.

Introduction:

As telecommunications networks rapidly evolve with 5G deployments and the advent of 6G on the horizon, Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) find themselves at the crossroads of technological advancement and environmental responsibility. The growing demand for high-quality services, network densification, the usage of higher frequency bands, and the imperative to mitigate climate change present a multi-faceted challenge. To address these challenges, MNOs need a holistic approach that encompasses energy-efficient network architecture, automation, and intelligent optimization. A Unified Energy-Aware Service Assurance Platform emerges as a game-changer, achieving exceptional network performance while being energy-efficient.

Energy Consumption is set to Increase Dramatically

Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) face escalating energy management challenges with the deployment of 5G. This network technology, which is expected to consume roughly three times more power per base station than its predecessor, increases the complexities of energy efficiency management. The need for higher network densification, integral to delivering seamless coverage and meeting increasing data demands, also enlarges the network's energy footprint.

The 5G shift to higher frequency bands, providing faster data speeds and lower latency, brings about further energy requirements. Additionally, the use of advanced technologies such as Massive Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) and Beamforming to boost network capacity and signal quality is compute-intensive, demanding substantial processing power and, in turn, energy.

While conventional wisdom is that the Radio Access Network is the dominant contributor to the energy budget of an MNO, cloud computing and the increasing adoption of generative and analytic artificial intelligence workloads have emerged as major energy drivers.  

As MNOs strive for better network performance and customer satisfaction, the imperative to balance these demands with energy efficiency and environmental sustainability becomes a crucial part of their operational strategy. One of the critical pieces of the puzzle to achieve the above goal is to have a Unified Energy-Aware Service Assurance platform that provides comprehensive visibility of energy consumption across the entire network and has the analytical capabilities to identify energy waste and the automation and intelligence to remediate such situations. This is where the GreySkies Service Assurance platform can help.

The Role of GreySkies Unified Energy-Aware Service Assurance Platform

One critical insight is that focusing solely on optimizing energy consumption, without taking other essential metrics such as traffic levels, quality of service, and customer experience KPIs, can be sub-optimal at best and, at worst, can adversely affect the quality of service and customer experience. Therefore, the optimal approach involves formulating the problem as a constrained optimization challenge, with the aim of optimizing energy consumption while simultaneously meeting the stipulated service and customer quality SLAs.

Utilizing the GreySkies platform’s comprehensive data collection abilities to collect energy consumption, carried traffic, service, and network quality metrics, coupled with the platform’s sophisticated ML-based analytical framework, positions GreySkies as an ideal platform for undertaking such a crucial task.

One of the unique capabilities of the GreySkies service assurance platform is its ability to identify low energy efficiency sites, essentially sites that exhibit high energy consumption and low levels of carried traffic. This precise identification allows MNOs to pinpoint and address areas of inefficiency in their network, thereby reducing waste and enhancing overall energy performance. Such smart capabilities empower MNOs to balance their network's load and energy use more effectively, ensuring that high-quality services are maintained during peak periods and that energy use is minimized during periods of low demand.

The GreySkies platform also boasts advanced automation capabilities, which can turn carriers and frequencies on and off based on traffic load and quality of service. This dynamic power management feature adapts in real-time to changes in demand, ensuring that network resources are optimized, and that energy isn't wasted on unneeded carriers or frequencies.

Venturing into the domain of renewable energy, the platform extends its intelligent energy visibility capabilities to the integration of sources like solar panels and wind turbines into the network's power supply. This allows MNOs to monitor the carbon emissions from traditional and renewable energy sources side-by-side and track the progress towards an MNO’s sustainability goals by reducing their reliance on traditional grid power.

Conclusion

GreySkies Inc's intelligent energy-aware energy service assurance platform is an invaluable ally for MNOs aiming to improve their energy efficiency and reduce total energy consumption. With its AI and ML capabilities for identifying low-efficiency sites, optimizing energy consumption, and automating dynamic power management, GreySkies Inc's platform offers a comprehensive solution for energy savings. Ready to revolutionize your energy management strategy with GreySkies? Contact us today!