In order to improve energy efficiency, one must be able to measure and compare levels of efficiency. This requires standardized measurement methods used across the industry. For this purpose, ETSI has recently published the second edition of its technical specification TS 102 706 on the measurement method for energy efficiency of wireless access network equipment.
This specification, developed by ETSI’s Technical Committee for Environmental Engineering (TC EE), standardizes the measurement method for energy efficiency for multiple mobile network technologies:
Two energy efficiency indicators for wireless system are defined. One is based on the level of throughput compared with energy consumed and the other is based on the coverage area compared with energy consumed. This reflects the different demands placed on mobile network operators: higher performance networks and increased wide-area coverage.
The results can be used to assess and compare the efficiency of mobile radio network equipment from different vendors featuring the same mobile radio standard and frequency band.
Further development of this specification, which is supported by major telecoms equipment vendors and operators, will add other radio characteristics like fast fading to include more dynamic behaviour in the energy efficiency measurement method.
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