Smart Cell Sites Save Money and Protect the Environment
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As of 2011, there are over 256,000 cell sites in the United States, up from less than 198.000 five years ago. Cumulative investment in cellular networks in the US topped $322 billion in 2011, and is still growing at 9.3%, according to CTIA – the industry body which tracks mobile network deployments in the US.
That’s a lot of cell sites.
It’s also a drop in the ocean compared to global totals, which are likely to top 3.5 million within a few years. Asia Pacific is exploding, and is likely to be home to 39% of the world’s cell towers by 2014, according to a recent study by ABI Research.
The problem is, of course, the cost of running these all these cell sites, and the carbon emissions they generate. Figures vary by region and operator, but powering a cell site can cost many thousands annually, and you can figure on at least one full-time engineer for every 20-40 sites. Add it all up, and you are looking at spending tens of billions of dollars every year.
In certain regions, fraud and theft is also a major cost issue. Suppliers short-deliver fuel or fuel that is cut with kerosene. Power is tapped from cell sites, and copper theft is a real problem.
We have been helping clients take on these problems with our Intelligent Site Operations (ISO) solutions. ISO uses Netcool and Maximo to monitor cells sites and optimize work and energy consumption, along with Cognos for long-term energy analytics.
Conservatively, a mobile operator can expect to save 10% of their labor and energy costs with an ISO solution. That’s a lot of money and a lot less carbon.
Check out this link on GigaOM that talks about how our ISO solutions helped Bharti India.