TECH SUPPLIER May 2022 - Market Note - Doc # AP48932622

Can 5G Radio Access Networks Break the Energy Curve? The Quest for Energy Efficiency and Carbon Emissions Reduction


Bill Rojas
Kai Cui
Phil Solis
Hugh Ujhazy

The exponential growth of mobile data demand and the higher frequencies of 5G versus 4G means that 5G footprint will be much denser than that of 4G, and even though the energy efficiency of 5G is much higher than that of 4G, the total power needed for 5G is higher than for 4G. In terms of bits per joule, 5G outperforms 4G. Network equipment providers are pursuing six technologies that will enhance energy efficiency, including artificial intelligence/machine learning.



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