back to article Energy efficiency starts to rock telcos' 5G infrastructure choices

Sustainability goals such as greater energy efficiency have risen up the agenda with telecoms operators, to the point where these concerns are now claimed to be affecting network architecture decisions for the next phase of 5G deployments. Around the globe, telcos are moving ahead with a new phase of 5G rollouts intended to …

  1. Spanners Silver badge
    Go

    Still waiting for 5g at my house

    I know someone who has very good 5G and has changed his home internet to a 5g modem and a £10/month unlimited data SIM.

    It's getting closer. My phone says I get it a couple of blocks away now.

    1. damiandixon

      Re: Still waiting for 5g at my house

      So far every time I've managed to connect to 5g I've been disappointed at the apparent available rate. Yes it's reported as fast by it takes forever so there is either a bottle neck or high contention.

      Either way where I live 4g is not great even standing on the roof of the house. 5g no chance anytime soon, I'm more likely to get fftp.

      1. Kientha

        Re: Still waiting for 5g at my house

        It's because all of the 5G deployments in the UK are still using the 4G core. So you don't get the majority of the 5G benefits since it's just a high bandwidth radio tacked on to the 4G infrastructure.

        Once telcos start using 5G standalone, the service you get will be significantly improved especially for jitter and latency. Plus things like network slicing will drastically improve performance. Vodafone is the furthest along with 5G SA, but VMO2 and EE are also progressing with their trials.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Still waiting for 5g at my house

      In places with good coverage (which a huge limiting factor!), 5G is indeed very fast, and using my phone as a hotspot I get download speeds which put any DSL connection to shame (downloading a 1 GB ISO in under 30 seconds).

      I was skeptic, but now I think I could indeed live with a just a 5G connection as sole Internet access. The added benefit is you can carry it around, even take it with you on vacation/weekend.

  2. CGBS

    Funny how the amazing leaps and bounds in energy efficiency never, ever lead to using less power.

    1. AndrueC Silver badge
      Meh

      I get your point but they can lead to 'enhanced performance/functionality with less energy consumption than it would otherwise have entailed'.

      Making things 'less bad than they might have been' shouldn't be dismissed out of hand.

  3. Pascal Monett Silver badge
    Stop

    "coming ahead of concerns even such as security"

    Where public communications are concerned, it is my position that nothing should come before security.

    The fact that security is not the number one concern when implementing a new layer of communication that is supposed to be open by design is a promise that, when things will go wrong (and they will, we all know that), it will be much more expensive and time-consuming to correct.

    And frankly, telling me that an open infrastructure does not need to be hardened against Russian/Chinese/Nork hackers is just begging for trouble.

    1. Graham Cobb Silver badge

      Re: "coming ahead of concerns even such as security"

      I strongly suspect that the people who actually answered 451's questionnaire (very rarely actual engineers) assume security is a solved problem. They trust their suppliers (they have to - if their suppliers have not solved the security problem then they might get fired for selecting them).

      Power, on the other hand, is a visible, and increasing, operational cost. It is probably very high up their list of concerns because the telco knows user prices are going down and they have to find a way to make their costs go down.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: "coming ahead of concerns even such as security"

        “ the telco knows user prices are going down “

        Not sure how you work that one out given EE and (i think) all of the other non mvno providers have just taken advantage of their one-sided contracts to increase cost by around 14%!

        1. AndrueC Silver badge
          Meh

          Re: "coming ahead of concerns even such as security"

          Not sure how you work that one out given EE and (i think) all of the other non mvno providers have just taken advantage of their one-sided contracts to increase cost by around 14%!

          Well we're not powerless about that. The increase prompted me to switch from Vodafone to Smarty. My bill has dropped from ~£14 to £7.5 (half that for the first three months) and gain some more data each month although I don't actually need it.

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