Singtel has announced the deployment of what is claimed to be Singapore’s ‘greenest’ radio cell, the Ericsson AIR 3268, in its 5G network. In a press release regarding the development, Swedish vendor Ericsson said that the AIR 3268 radio is expected to save up to 18% more energy, while noting that it weighs about 40% less than earlier generations of 5G radios. Weighing just 12kg, the cell’s proportions will reportedly simplify upgrades and make new site acquisitions and installations easy on towers, rooftops, poles and walls. Further, it has been claimed that the new equipment also makes a 5G site 76% lighter than a 4G site that typically requires multiple radios, while providing the same network capacity.

With the deployment of the new kit said to be part of Singtel’s ongoing sustainability and decarbonisation measures being implemented with a view to achieving net-zero emissions by 2050, Anna Yip, CEO of Consumer Singapore at Singtel, said: ‘We are always looking for ways to deliver Singapore’s greenest 5G network while further reducing our carbon footprint. By integrating energy-efficient technologies into our operations and infrastructure, we aim to build a better, more sustainable future, as we continue to deliver the best network performance and user experience to consumers and enterprises through our 5G solutions and services. With an optimised network, even end-users will be able to conserve energy on their mobile devices, making them part of the movement of building a better future together.’

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