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Renewable energy and efficiency targeted to lower telecoms costs

London, United Kingdom - November 4, 2009

Nokia Siemens Networks launches industry’s most comprehensive approach to efficient and sustainable telecoms growth

Nokia Siemens Networks today launched the industry’s most comprehensive range of Energy Solutions for telecoms operators. The Energy Solutions, designed to reduce network operating costs, can lower the power consumption of telecoms networks by exploiting more efficient technology and renewable energy.

“This marks an important milestone in our journey towards enabling the efficient and sustainable growth of our industry,” said Ashish Chowdhary, head of Services, Nokia Siemens Networks. “What we have launched today is the first complete offering of its kind for operators of new and legacy telecommunications networks. It comprises all the ingredients necessary for substantially reducing telecoms energy use and a shift towards renewable energy.”

Nokia Siemens Networks Energy Solutions consists of six elements that combine both products and services. They are: Energy Modernization; Off-Grid Site Solution; Bad-Grid Site Solution; Energy Efficiency Consulting; Green Energy Control and Energy OPEX Management. Each element targets a specific area of telecoms network energy consumption, management or sourcing. Among the key technologies within the elements of the portfolio are an intelligent energy control system, with remote monitoring capabilities of all power sources. This system manages battery charging and discharging to drive increased fuel savings. It also enables remote data collection and control.1

Energy is a significant percentage of a communications service provider’s operating cost. In mature markets it accounts for up to 10 per cent, while in developing markets it can range from 15 up to 30 per cent.2 Nokia Siemens Networks’ Energy Solutions reduce energy consumption by better managing the power demands of specific sites, such as mobile base stations. They also allow for the profitable and efficient expansion of networks in rural and remote areas by eliminating the need for diesel generators, providing a more cost-efficient and environmentally friendly way to extend connectivity.

“We are pleased to be able to announce today that Telenor has opted for our Off-Grid Site Solution using energy harvested from the sun for affordable communications access to users in rural Pakistan”, Chowdhary continued. “Many customers are showing significant interest in energy saving opportunities and we have received excellent feedback from pilot implementations we have completed.”3

Nokia Siemens Networks has deployed more than 390 sites running on renewable energy in 25 countries in Asia-Pacific, China, Europe, Middle East Africa and Latin America. Its Flexi Multiradio Base Station has the lowest energy consumption on the market4.

“Improving energy efficiency within our industry is vital – it’s the right thing to do from both a social and business perspective. Over the next two years, we will remain focused on strengthening remote site implementation to drive greater efficiency,” Chowdhary concluded.

The new Energy Solutions portfolio lowers the total cost of ownership, is simple to implement, has a long life time and has a fast payback period.

About Nokia Siemens Networks

Nokia Siemens Networks is a leading global enabler of telecommunications services. With its focus on innovation and sustainability, the company provides a complete portfolio of mobile, fixed and converged network technology, as well as professional services including consultancy and systems integration, deployment, maintenance and managed services. It is one of the largest telecommunications hardware, software and professional services companies in the world. Operating in 150 countries, its headquarters are in Espoo, Finland.

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*Notes to editors

1. Nokia Siemens Networks Energy Solutions comprise of six elements:

  • Nokia Siemens Networks Energy Modernization
  • Nokia Siemens Networks Off-Grid Site Solution
  • Nokia Siemens Networks Bad-Grid Site Solution
  • Nokia Siemens Networks Energy Efficiency Consulting
  • Nokia Siemens Networks Green Energy Control
  • Nokia Siemens Networks Energy OPEX Management

The elements within Energy Solutions are addressed in a three-step approach: “understand and propose”, “delivery” and “maintenance.” In the understand and propose phase a dedicated team of business consultants examines network energy use and proposes appropriate ways to reduce it and move to lower cost, renewable sources. In the delivery phase, the full set of services and products required for network planning and modernization are implemented while service quality is maintained. Finally, maintenance services ensure the improvements in energy efficiency across the network are sustained. The flexibility of this three step approach results in a complete view of the operator’s network and an energy solution tailored to its specific needs.

2. In mature markets up to 10 per cent of network operational cost is energy. In emerging markets it can be anything from around 15 percent to 30 percent (source: Nokia Siemens Networks operational efficiency benchmarking).

The average price of diesel has risen more than 50% in many locations within the past year, contributing to a significant portion of operating costs for operators. The sustained rise of global energy prices is a direct contributor to these costs. (GSMA: Green Power for Mobile, 2008)

Mobile base station electricity costs could rise by nearly 55% over the next five years unless operators address network inefficiencies and reduce reliance on non-renewable energy resources. Juniper also warns that unless operators in Africa and Asia shift to renewable energy sources they will find their margins increasingly squeezed as they expand, such that their networks may no longer be financially viable in a few years time. (Juniper Research: Green Mobile Networks & Base Stations, 2009)

3. As mobile networks expand in developing markets, an estimated 75,000 mobile base stations are built each year requiring their own power source as they are not connected to a mains grid. The GSMA predicts that by 2012, up to 50% of new off-grid base stations in developing world could be powered by renewable energy. (GSMA: Green Power for Mobile, 2008)

Combined with the unpredictable cost of fuel and the logistical challenges of building and maintaining more remote sites, there are significant financial and environmental benefits from renewable energy sources. For Nokia Siemens Networks this means renewable energy will be its first choice for remote base stations by 2011.

4. Nokia Siemens Networks is a market leader in the energy efficiency of base stations and has committed to improve energy efficiency of its GSM/EDGE and WCDMA/HSPA base station products by up to 40 percent by 2012.

Further information:

Nokia Siemens Networks Corporate Responsibility report 2008
Data highlights and targets in corporate responsibility