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The company announced that its Digital Operations Center software solution is selected as a winner in the 2020 Fierce Innovation Awards

Energy consumption by Communications Service Providers (CSP) is set to increase due to rising traffic and network densification

Nokia’s new AVA Energy Efficiency service applies Artificial Intelligence (AI) to further reduce energy usage in 5G and multi-vendor legacy networks by up to 20%

The service is performance based and links CSP payments to achieved cost savings

Bengaluru, NFAPost:  Nokia launched its Nokia AVA Energy Efficiency service, applying AI to the challenge of rising energy consumption in multi-vendor, multi-technology networks. 

The service helps Communications Service Providers (CSPs) to reduce energy bills by up to 20 percent and move towards more sustainable patterns of energy usage.    

Nokia AVA provides Artificial Intelligence (AI) services that can be delivered through the cloud. Nokia AVA blends telecoms expertise, AI and cloud based delivery into a coherent service offering for energy control that powers down parts of the radio network when traffic levels are low.

Machine Learning algorithms ensure that energy savings are maximised without compromising network quality. CSPs can also utilise analytics dashboards to benchmark the energy efficiency of different base stations, including batteries and air conditioning units.

Legacy networks

ABI Research forecasts that the energy consumption of CSPs will increase 160% by 2030. Although 5G networks are up to 90% more energy efficient than legacy 4G networks, overall energy usage will increase due to rising traffic and the rollout of ever more dense networks.

New approaches, like Nokia’s AVA Energy Efficiency service, are needed to break the connection between network evolution and growing energy consumption.

The Nokia AVA Energy Efficiency service has already been deployed by CSPs around the world to reduce annual energy usage. Nokia offers CSPs choices in terms of commercial delivery models, including a standalone As-a-Service option or as part of a larger Managed Service contract. In either case, CSP payments can be linked to the actual savings that are delivered by Nokia. 

Zero-emission products

Nokia is aligned with the ambition of limiting global warming to 1.5 Celsius. In 2019, Nokia delivered zero-emission products to over 150 customers worldwide.46 percent less energy was used on average in the customer base station sites Nokia modernized in 2019 compared to those where its customers did not modernize.

Don Alusha, Principal Analyst, ABI Research, said: “CSPs’ energy consumption in 5G networks is set to grow. This is, in part, attributable to network densification and implementation of massive MIMO technology. The Nokia AVA Energy Efficiency service provides CSPs with an option to control energy consumption as they proceed with their 5G rollouts. Further, with Nokia’s new service, CSPs can potentially avoid significant capital outlays in favor of consumption economics and variable costs over time.”

Friedrich Trawoeger, Vice President, Operate and Managed Services at Nokia, said: “CSPs and vendors have a joint responsibility to reduce energy consumption – for the good of the planet and shareholders alike. Tangible and rapid results are achieved by harnessing the power of AI, and by moving towards more sustainable patterns of energy use.”

Fierce Innovation Award

Nokia announced that its Digital Operations Center software solution was selected as a winner in the 2020 Fierce Innovation Awards in the business support systems/operations support systems category, furthering Nokia’s market leadership credentials in automated 5G solutions.

Nokia’s Digital Operations Center software opens new revenue opportunities for communications service providers (CSPs) by establishing innovation ecosystems that offer Network as a Service (NaaS) capabilities to new vertical industries focused on 5G growth and expansion.

The modular, cloud-native software is built on Nokia’s Common Software Foundation to enable deployment across any-cloud environments. The Digital Operations Center also provides a round-trip, closed-loop and fully automated process to design, deploy and operate digital and slice-based services at scale.

Multi-vendor technology

The solution supports multi-vendor technology environments and ensures that CSPs can adhere to service level agreements as they expand into vertical industries. As a winner of the 2020 Fierce Innovation Awards, the Digital Operations Center was evaluated based on ease of use, ROI, effectiveness, technical innovation, competitive advantage, and financial impact.

Since launching in June 2020, Nokia’s Digital Operations Center solution has been selected to support numerous projects globally by CSPs and other industry partners that are building NaaS platforms that span their existing network infrastructures, in conjunction with their build-out of 5G networks.

Brian McCann, Chief Product Officer, Nokia Software, said the company is proud to have been recognised by the Fierce Innovation Awards for our OSS solution.

“As 5G networks become more prevalent, we provide CSPs with solutions that will result in new value creation from their 5G network infrastructure investment. The Digital Operations Center software provides a platform to automate the complete network slicing lifecycle at scale to drive faster time to market and the most efficient operations,” said Brian McCann.

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