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Telcos can reduce carbon emissions via edge sustainability solutions, STL Partners reports

Telcos can reduce carbon emissions via edge sustainability solutions, STL Partners reports

A recent report by STL Partners forecasts the possibility of achieving annual energy savings of up to 5 percent, resulting in approximately $40 million in reduced energy expenses and a decrease of over one million tons of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions for a major group operator.

The report highlights the potential for advanced edge sustainability strategies to reduce energy usage and carbon emissions for telco operators. It also estimates that these strategies could lead to energy savings of 3-5 percent and a reduction of over one million tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (tCO2eq) emissions annually for a typical large group operator. According to the company, this could translate to savings of up to $40 million per year in energy costs.

“With edge computing projected to grow to over $450 billion in 2030, it is critical this growth is developed in as sustainable manner as possible – arguably more so than traditional centralized cloud,” says Philip Laidler, director of consulting for STL Partners.

“This report examines the multitude of factors that need be considered when defining your edge sustainability strategy. There is no one-size-fits-all answer and edge operators must select the optimal advanced sustainability strategy based on their unique context.”

One key finding of the report is the importance of specialized cooling technologies in achieving sustainability goals at the edge. Among the five subcategories of cooling technologies examined, precision liquid cooling – liquid to air emerged as the top-ranking solution.

“As more data moves to the edge, new challenges for telco providers emerge. Greater sustainability, energy efficiency and serviceability across distributed workloads is needed more than ever before,” said Nathan Blom, chief commercial officer for Iceotope.

“We designed KUL RAN specifically to reduce power consumption and maintenance costs for telco providers as they bring data-center class compute to the extreme far edge. This report from STL Partners validates that advanced sustainability strategies can be a game changer for the telco edge.”

The technology, exemplified by Iceotope’s KUL RAN solution, stood out for its performance across various measurement criteria, including legacy site reuse, energy efficiency, water consumption, equipment longevity, maintenance requirements, and adaptability to commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware.

The report underscores the need for tailored, situation-specific strategies to address the challenges of sustainability at the edge.

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