According to statistics, in 2018, the mobile base stations of the three operators consumed about 27 billion kwh of electricity, with a total electricity cost of about 24 billion yuan. Yang Fengyi said that under the same coverage, the energy consumption of 5g network will reach 243 billion kwh, and the electricity cost will reach 216 billion yuan.
Yang Fengyi said frankly that such a huge cost of electricity will eat up all the profits of the three operators, but also loss tens of billions of yuan. However, Yang Fengyi also pointed out that even if the total number of base stations in the future is less than 3-4 times of 4G, the overall increase in operating costs can not be underestimated.
In this regard, Yang Fengyi suggested that the telecom industry should actively promote technological progress, continuously improve equipment performance and reduce power consumption. At the same time, we should also pay attention to the introduction of various intelligent means in the network to realize dynamic energy consumption management based on business conditions, such as intelligent carrier / time slot shutdown technology.
However, Yang Fengyi pointed out that the space for technological progress to reduce power consumption is limited, and reducing the price of electricity itself is fundamental. Therefore, it is suggested that the government should be able to issue relevant special preferential policies for 5g power consumption, reduce the electric charge expenditure of 5g network, and make the reduction of 5g network electric charge match with the overall requirements of speed up and fee reduction, so as to make 5g healthy and sustainable development.