At CTIA Wireless 2009, the Nokia Siemens Networks Flexi Multiradio Base Station was selected by a panel of judges as the first place winner of the 4th Annual CTIA Emerging Technology Award in the Green Network Hardware and Infrastructure category. The annual E-Tech Award recognizes the newest and most innovative wireless products and applications in the areas of consumer, enterprise and network technology. The company also received second place in the Wide Area Network category for the same product.
The Nokia Siemens Networks Flexi Multiradio Base Station takes green to the extreme and makes the evolution path from 2G to 3G all the way to LTE more cost-effective than ever, helping operators significantly reduce operating and capital expenses and energy consumption throughout the network. Building on the company’s Flexi Base Station platform, the software definable Flexi Multiradio expands its supported technologies to cover GSM/EDGE, WCDMA/HSPA/HSPA+ and LTE – all running concurrently in a single unit, eliminating the need for deploying all new equipment with each network evolution.
“When 80 to 90 percent of a mobile operator’s energy is used by their network, we have to take drastic measures to decrease the energy consumption as much as possible,” said Anne Larilahti, Head of Environmentally Sustainable Business, Nokia Siemens Networks. “Nokia Siemens Networks continues to change the game with our award-winning Flexi platform and we are pleased that we are receiving this validation all around the world.”
“We thank CTIA for adding the Green category to this year’s line-up of awards, calling attention to the importance of this issue for our entire industry,” said Larilahti.
Built with over 90 percent materials, the Flexi Multiradio Base Station compared to conventional base stations is only 20 percent of the size and weight of a conventional base station, and it delivers an additional 40 percent in energy savings on top of the previous Flexi platform’s 70 percent reduction in power consumption. The power consumption of a typical three-sector base station site running GSM/EDGE and WCDMA/HSPA or LTE simultaneously is about 790W – the equivalent of a small kitchen appliance – and pushes an impressive 60W output per sector for maximum capacity and coverage.
The CTIA Emerging Technology Awards program is designed to give industry recognition and exposure to the best wireless products and services in the areas of mobile consumer electronics and applications; enterprise and vertical market technology; 4G and network infrastructure; and environmentally friendly hardware and services. Nearly 300 applications were submitted in 18 categories and reviewed by a panel of 30 recognized members of the media, industry analysts and executives. Products were judged on innovation, functionality, technological importance, implementation and overall “wow” factor.
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