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Vodafone Germany tests method to cut energy consumption

Vodafone Germany has announced plans to enable a ‘dynamic energy-saving mode’ for its mobile network through the use of intelligent network control.

IoT will facilitate the project, which will utilise dynamic bandwidth management technology. The operator will aim to adapt the energy consumption of mobile radio stations to user behaviour, and predicts this will save approximately 30,000 kilowatt-hours per day. The mode detects when few users are surfing the net and automatically activates, switching back to full power when more traffic arrives.

Tests for the energy-saving mode have already started, and will take place at around 100 base stations in Germany.

The technology has been in use at night for years; however, this plan targets the reduction of energy consumption during daytime. Vodafone looked to reassure users over service levels, stating that the network’s “high quality is not affected” by the change. The process will be overseen and supported by the Bundesnetzagentur (Federal Network Agency). TelcoTitans

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