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A recently released survey has revealed that 5G will roll out in 2021, bringing with it a sizeable increase in energy usage and costs.

Vertiv, together with technology analyst firm 451 Research, questioned more than 100 global telecoms operators about the opportunities and potential obstacles of deploying 5G services and the impact on edge computing adoption.

More than 90 per cent of respondents believe 5G will result in higher energy costs, and are interested in technologies and services that will improve energy efficiency.

“There’s no doubt that 5G is the next big thing for communications and mobile networks,” Danny Wong, senior director for telecoms at Vertiv in Asia, said.

“It is understandable that there are concerns when it comes to deploying this technology, and it is critical for operators to have the right infrastructure in place that would allow them to rollout 5G in the most efficient manner.

“By understanding the different use cases for 5G technology, it is our hope that they can make informed decisions when it comes to investing in their critical infrastructure.”  

Regarding edge and 5G specifically, the survey reveals that a large majority of operators have deployed (37 per cent) or plan to deploy (47 per cent) edge computing that is aligned with mobile infrastructure – also called multi-access edge computing (MEC).

“This survey brings us clarity on telecom operators’ hopes and fears around 5G and edge deployments,” Brian Partridge, research vice president for 451 Research, said.

Charlotte Pordage is Editor of Utility magazine, a position she has held since November 2018. She joined the team as an Associate Editor in October 2017, after sharpening her writing and editing skills across a range of print and digital publications. Charlotte graduated from Royal Holloway, University of London, in 2011 with joint honours in English and Latin. When she's not putting together Australia's only dedicated utility magazine, she can usually be found riding her horse or curled up with a good book.

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