Energy is the lifeblood of any telecommunications service, yet energy use is rarely optimized within technical facilities. With the notable exception of major datacenters, technical facilities commonly lack rigorous energy management practices.

Energy Use in Technical Facilities: Displacing 6 Common Misconceptions

Few technical sites – including central offices, headends, hubs, tandems, mobile switching centers, POPs, and mixed-use facilities – have the necessary systems, people, and processes to maintain service quality while minimizing energy spend. But change is coming. Margin pressures, rising energy prices, and exploding traffic growth are driving TMT players to challenge established misconceptions and reconsider operational practices around energy

Energy management and conservation has become a focal point for the TMT industry, but common misconceptions about energy use are preventing effective action. There are six key common misconceptions surrounding energy use:

  • Misconception #1: Energy use is actively monitored and managed.
  • Misconception #2: Bill tracking reveals most inefficiencies.
  • Misconception #3: Most energy use is for production.
  • Misconception #4: You can't save on energy without sacrificing service quality.
  • Misconception #5: Energy efficiency starts and ends with capital projects.
  • Misconception #6: Each site is unique so all solutions are site-specific.

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