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Energy Saving Mode for BCCH TRX

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Customer Pain points

BTSs contribute around 90% of overall network power consumption leading to huge OPEX. BCCH always transmits at full power for all channels all the time no power reduction leading to more power consumption & high OPEX. CO2 emission due to BTS power consumption is a major environmental concern

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Feature Description
The Energy saving mode for BCCH TRX feature introduces a configurable power saving mode for the BCCH TRX. It aims to achieve lower electricity consumption by reducing the transmit power of the BCCH TRX.

This feature reduces the transmit power level of dummy bursts on idle circuit-switched channels of the BCCH carrier by 2 dB. It also enables 2 dB dynamic power control on active dedicated circuit-switched channels of the BCCH TRX.
Reduced transmit power results in reduced BTS power consumption.

No power reduction for BCCH/CCCH, active GPRS (data) channels, TSL 7 on BCCH TRX

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Value proposition (Quantitative/Qualitative)

The reduced electricity consumption due to the Energy saving mode for BCCH TRX
helps operators reduce network operating costs.

Reduced power consumption cuts CO2 emissions. The reduced transmit power of dummy bursts, and the limited dynamic power control
allowed for active CS channels, result in a reduction in downlink interference caused by the BCCH frequency. Average 0.3 to 0.4 KWh of savings per sector per day from field trials. Higher energy efficiency means 2319 metric tons reduced CO2 emissions.

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Business Case Energy Saving Mode for BCCH TRX

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Simulation Results





pwr_4b/Energy savings due to reduced BCCH power [kWh]

5.00 4.50 4.00 3.50 3.00 2.50 2.00 1.50 1.00 0.50 0.00
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No energy saving

Results: 4.5 kWh energy savings

per day for a cluster of 15 cells Average 0.3 kWh energy saving per day per cell Average 12.5W saving per BCCH TRX

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BCCH BCCH energy saving

Bundling Recommendations

The feature Energy saving mode for BCCH TRX (BSS20958) along with Common BCCH
Control (BSS10016) & Flexible MCPA TX Power pooling (BSS21507) features implementation increases network performance.

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Services Efforts/Planning

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We have Several Global References for this feature, Following are some key references:

Bharti Airtel Ltd.

Vodafone Essar Limited. TIM Cellular S.A. Polska Telefonia Cyfrowa S.A. PTK Centertel Sp. z o.o.

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Availability + Prerequisites + Pricing points


Energy Saving Mode for BCCH TRX (BSS20958) is available since RG 10.

Prerequisite There are no pre-requisites as such for this feature. However it has some interaction on some functionalities. For details refer to Notes.

Pricing Points This is license key controlled and is activated per TRX for BCCH TRX.


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