UAE telecoms group etisalat by e& has announced a strategic alliance with Huawei to unveil what is described as the first net zero 5G Massive MIMO site deployment in the MENA region.
This deployment is being showcased at Dubai Expo City, the venue of the 28th Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP28), underlining what etisalat by e& describes as its commitment to environmental responsibility and technological excellence.
Powered entirely by renewable energy, this 5G site is said to represent the convergence of sustainability and cutting-edge wireless technology, notably massive MIMO technology, which improves capacity, coverage and user experience.
At the same time the collaboration is said to usher in a new era of green network infrastructure, with the region's most energy-efficient 100% off-grid 5G site to date. It is powered by an innovative AI-based energy management system, expected to reduce CO2 emissions by around 26 tonnes per year.
The site includes a number of solar power and smart energy storage solutions. For example, it uses advanced MetaAAU (64T64R with 384 antenna array), multi-band RRU and green antennas, improving energy efficiency up to 25% and multi-band RRU reducing radio weight up to 66%.
In addition, managed by NetEco, an artificial intelligence system, the site's energy consumption is meticulously optimised, with a focus on real-time energy management.