Launched in 2011, the GSMA’s Mobile Energy Efficiency (MEE) Optimisation service follows on from MEE Benchmarking by using site audits and equipment trials to:
- gather real performance data from trialling energy and emissions saving solutions
- analyse the costs and benefits of specific actions to reduce energy and emissions, and
- roll out the most attractive solutions.
The service assesses in detail why a particular network is under-performing and what actions it could take to improve energy performance to the industry average and also to best in class.
MEE Optimisation projects are run in partnership with a third party vendor or systems integrator. The GSMA has formed a Technology Partner Group to deliver the projects globally. The Technology Partner Group comprises the following companies:
MEE Optimisation completed its first project with Telefónica Germany and Nokia Siemens Networks’ Energy Solutions in 2012. The project identified € 1.8 million savings in energy costs per annum with paybacks considerably less than three years, and emissions savings of four kilotonnes of carbon dioxide. Much of the recommendations have been implemented.
The second Optimisation project completed with Warid Telecom Pakistan and Cascadiant in 2013. The project trialled a range of equipment on Warid’s cell sites and demonstrated significant energy savings of between 30 and 60 per cent. When rolled out across Warid’s network, the annual savings are expected to be more than US$ 6 million and 19,700 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions.