5G can play a key role in relaunching the economy in a climate-friendly way

And in the coming years, they can play a key role in helping humanity not only return to the old wheelbase, but also reduce its carbon footprint during the restart, the Ericsson CEO pointed out at a virtual event at the Davos meeting. 5G technology itself is more energy efficient than previous generations of mobile networks, and can contribute to the greening of many industries by promoting IoT and MI solutions.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, infocommunication networks played a more important role than ever before. During 2020, the average consumer spent 2.5 hours more time per day on fixed and 1 hour more per day on mobile broadband networks. Ericsson Mobility Reportból. 83% of users reported that infocommunication technologies were a great help to them in overcoming closures. 60% of white-collar workers made more video calls than ever before, and the volume of e-commerce and online games or remote health consultations exploded.

The 5G opens the door to low emissions

As these uses require high bandwidth, all this would not have been possible if mobile operators had not invested in the development of 4G and 5G mobile networks in recent years. Although we are already seeing the end of the tunnel thanks to the launch of vaccination, the role of networks will not diminish in the coming years – and may even play an even bigger role in human life, The Davos Agenda at a virtual event.

“With the launch of vaccinations, there is a danger that societies will want to continue where they left off before the epidemic. However, it is clear that the world cannot return to the pre-pandemic status quo He said in his presentation Börje Ekholm, CEO of Ericsson. If we want to get out of the COVID-19 shock more strongly and tackle the challenges ahead, such as climate change, we must not only continue the digital revolution, but also accelerate it, and 5G can play a key role in this. High-speed, short-latency mobile networks are embedded in technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and artificial intelligence, so 5G can open the door to many efficient and low-carbon applications. “

Greener network, greener industry

In the case of 5G, the network is already greener, as it allows the construction of more energy-efficient base stations than previous mobile technologies. Ericsson has been with mobile operator Telefónica in Brazil and Spain over the past few months performed test according to 5G consumes 90% less energy per data unit than 4G. However, greening the network is only the first step. The Swedish company estimates that the entire infocommunications sector is responsible for just 1.4 percent of global carbon emissions, but could contribute to a 15 percent reduction in emissions by 2030 through its impact on other sectors, primarily manufacturing, agriculture and mobility.

Ericsson is already involved in a number of forward-looking projects in these areas. The company, for example, has a plant in Lewisville, Texas “Smart factory” which has been able to reduce its energy consumption by 5%, which is already lower due to the use of solar cells, and reduced the amount of waste to a similar extent, through networked environmental and consumption sensors and intelligent remote control. With industry accounting for 32 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, tangible savings can be achieved globally with smart solutions.

The revolution in agriculture and transport

Networked sensors also allow significant emission reductions in agricultural production. A Swiss research center called Agroscope in your project for example, based on data from sensors monitoring soil moisture, crop growth, weather, and animal movement, the use of nitrogen-based fertilizer was reduced by 10% without deteriorating crop yields. And smart irrigation systems operating on a similar principle allow 5% less water consumption.

Even greater savings can be achieved in the field of transport, which accounts for 21% of greenhouse gas emissions. Electric vehicles communicating on a mobile network with some degree of self-driving could trigger a number of transport functions in the coming years – with much greater energy efficiency. In Sweden In Djurgården last autumn Ericsson (as a partner of Keolis, Telia and Intel) has started testing driverless electric minibuses connected to 5G. The company is involved in the It’s called Einride T-Pod, 5G self-driving vans, which can reduce harmful emissions by 90% compared to internal combustion-driven vehicles in countries that produce electricity with a low carbon footprint.

Source: technokrata by www.technokrata.hu.

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