Industry Resources

ZTE drives mobile network energy savings with its new innovation PowerPilot

Thursday 17 September 2020 | 12:18 CET | Advertorial | provided by ZTE
Always wanted to know everything about the Dutch Telecoms market? Then the online Masterclass Introduction Dutch Telecom market is for you! Please enroll here!

5G technology is revolutionising the mobile industry, but its realization brings many challenges to the mobile operators. Energy saving, for one, is one of the top priorities. In order to support the green economy, ZTE has developed a new-generation solution that it says can further reduce the power consumption of radio networks, to save up to twice as much energy as the existing energy saving solutions.

Building on its previous innovations in network energy saving, ZTE has developed PowerPilot to bring AI-driven power optimisation to even grander scale of wireless networks. This takes power savings to a new level, moving from single-mode power systems to optimising energy use across both 5G networks and all previous generations (4G, 3G and 2G). What makes this unique is the system can coordinate power consumption among multiple frequency bands and radio access technologies, piloting the traffic to the most suitable layer for optimal energy efficiency across the whole network.

How does it work?

PowerPilot looks at different types of services running over the network and their power requirements and works in real time to choose the most energy-efficient delivery possible. Artificial intelligence and big data are leveraged along with the multi-layer energy-saving technologies across the base stations and O&M system to achieve optimal power consumption without human intervention. This means operators not only save energy, but also free up human resources for core tasks and lower their operating costs at the same time.

Results in the field

ZTE has a long history of commercially deploying network energy solutions, with the following milestones in the past year. 

  • In March, the company partnered China Mobile to deploy the sub-frame shutdown and deep sleep technologies for saving energy on a commercial 5G network in Lianyungang, China. It found the sub-frame shutdown from 6 a.m. to midnight can reduce energy usage by 16%, and this can reach up to 25% on a single site over 24 hours when traffic is low. 
  • In July, ZTE trialed energy-saving techniques with China Telecom on 5G base stations in Suzhou, showing they were ready for large-scale commercialisation. The symbol shutdown method was proved to be able to reduce power consumption by more than 20%, and the deep sleep technique cuts power use by up to 80% on AAUs. Symbol shutdown and deep sleep together achieved an over 30% reduction in power consumption throughout the day.
  • In August ZTE started trial on China Unicom’s 5G network in Dalian. The results showed that power consumption can be reduced by 10-20% with DTX shutdown technology, 15-25% with channel shutdown techniques and a whopping 60-80% with deep sleep measures. When a cocktail of the energy-saving technologies was put in effect, a single 5G base station with S111 configuration can save 10-12 KWh per day on average, with no impact on network performance. 

Double the power savings

PowerPilot builds on these ZTE innovations to deliver up to twice the energy savings of the existing solutions on the market. Taking an average network configuration of 10,000 sites with 4G and 5G as an example, ZTE estimates that PowerPilot can cut power consumption of 700,000 kWh in a week, equivalent to 550,000 kg of fewer carbon emissions.

Ready for deployment

ZTE has over 500 patents for environmentally friendly technology,  in-house-design chipsets and a new generation of high-efficiency power amplifiers. ZTE’s R&D labs have tested PowerPilot extensively in simulations of multiple types of network, including a variety of frequency bands, traffic loads and other parameters. 

Sponsor Details

Name    ZTE
Contact    http://www.zte.com.cn/global

Free Headlines in your E-mail

Every day we send out a free e-mail with the most important headlines of the last 24 hours.

Subscribe now

Categories: General
Companies: China Mobile / China Telecom / China Unicom / ZTE
Countries: World
::: add a comment
This article is part of dossier


Add comment

We welcome comments that add value to the discussion. We attempt to block comments that use offensive language or appear to be spam, and our editors frequently review the comments to ensure they are appropriate. If you see a comment that you believe is inappropriate to the discussion, you can bring it to our attention by using the report abuse links. As the comments are written and submitted by visitors of the Telecompaper website, they in no way represent the opinion of Telecompaper.


Digi selects ZTE as RAN vendor for 5G network in Malaysia

Published 16 Oct 2020 08:18 CET | Malaysia
Malaysian operator Digi Telecommunications has selected ZTE for its nationwide Radio Access Network (RAN) modernisation. Under ...

ZTE launches first 5G NR broadcast service

Published 29 Sep 2020 19:03 CET | World
ZTE launched what it calls the industry's first broadcast service based on the 5G NR physical layer technology at Ultra High ...

ZTE, China Mobile launch 5G smart transportation demonstration city

Published 22 Sep 2020 08:57 CET | China
ZTE has announced "the industry's first 5G smart transportation demonstration city" in Guangzhou. The project is developed by ZTE ...

Drei Austria, ZTE and IoT40 Jointly Develop 5G Bee-o-Meter for Biotech

Published 11 May 2020 09:02 CET | World
Along with the rapid development of the global economy, climatic and environmental problems are becoming increasingly severe, ...

ZTE, Together with China Mobile and Xinfengming Group, Built the First 5G Smart Textile Workshop in the Industry

Published 07 Apr 2020 11:00 CET | World
The global chemical fiber industry has entered a key digital transformation period. The current challenges facing the chemical ...

Telecom Cloud Network Helps Operators Create a New Future in 5G Era

Published 12 Mar 2020 11:35 CET | World
The year 2020 will witness large-scale commercial use of 5G and constantly emerging new 5G services. New requirements including ...

Analysis of Small Capacity PON OLT Application Scenarios

Published 27 Feb 2020 12:00 CET | World
With the rapid development and large-scale deployment of FTTH, the pace of "optical advancement and copper retrogression" and ...

Smart Media Terminals Revitalize TV Ecosystem in 5G Era

Published 24 Feb 2020 12:00 CET | World
With 5G fully commercialized in China in 2019, 5G subscribers are growing at an explosive rate. By the end of 2019, 62 operators ...

Case study: Indonesia Telkom and ZTE join forces to explore

Published 24 Nov 2016 11:17 CET | World
Sharing its success with all attendees at the Big Video Summit at Broadband World Forum last month, Indonesia Telkom showcased ...

Calendar   /   Industry Events

26 Oct CCW Europe 2020
27 Oct GSMA Thrive North America
28 Oct 8x8 fiscal Q2
28 Oct Belden Q3 2020
28 Oct ZTE Q3 2020
28 Oct KPN Q3 2020
28 Oct Extreme Networks fiscal Q1
28 Oct Ooredoo Q3 2020
28 Oct Telefonica Deutschland Q3 2020
28 Oct Equinix Q3 2020
28 Oct Telecoms World Asia 2020
28 Oct Cognizant Q3 2020
29 Oct Facebook Q3 2020
29 Oct Telefonica Q3 2020
29 Oct HKBN FY results
29 Oct Motorola Solutions Q3 2020
29 Oct Amazon Q3
29 Oct Ribbon Communications Q3
29 Oct Comcast Q3 2020
29 Oct Veon Q3 2020
29 Oct NTT Docomo fiscal Q2
29 Oct Fortinet Q3 2020
29 Oct Corning Q3 2020
29 Oct Spotify Q3 2020
29 Oct CyrusOne Q3 2020
29 Oct Alphabet Q3 2020
29 Oct Digital Realty Q3 2020
29 Oct Swisscom Q3 2020
29 Oct Hrvatski Telekom Q3 2020
29 Oct Poly fiscal Q2
29 Oct Orange Q3 2020
29 Oct Nokia Q3 2020
29 Oct BT fiscal Q2
29 Oct Twitter Q3 2020
29 Oct Altice USA Q3 2020
29 Oct Dasan Zhone Q3
29 Oct Teleste Q3 2020
29 Oct Apple fiscal Q4
29 Oct Facebook Q3 2020
29 Oct Telesat Q3 2020
29 Oct Tucows Q3 2020
29 Oct Samsung Electronics Q3 2020
::: More Calendar Items