MWC 2023: Singtel deploys Ericsson’s Cell Sleep Mode function

Telecom operator Singtel has made several announcements at the Mobile World Congress (MWC 2023) in Barcelona.
Singtel engineer installing 5G radio cellSingtel announced its deployment of Ericsson’s Cell Sleep Mode function to conserve energy at its mobile base stations as part of its net zero emissions strategy.

This radio software feature is combined with Ericsson’s Cognitive Software app that leverages artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) to predict the traffic patterns of individual radio cell transmitters, resulting in optimized cell sleep configurations and energy savings of up to 8 percent on average annually.

Tay Yeow Lian, Managing Director (Networks), Consumer Singapore, Singtel, said: “Singtel is deploying Ericsson’s Cell Sleep Mode function which utilises AI/ ML to further optimise our network energy usage at our mobile base stations.”

Martin Wiktorin, Head of Ericsson Singapore, Brunei and Philippines, said: “Our Cell Sleep Mode coupled with Cognitive Software is helping Singtel cope with the growing data demand while meeting their need to reduce energy consumption in order to reach their Net Zero target.”

Singtel has implemented efficient power usage techniques such as installation of energy-efficient radios and optimizing network algorithms at its mobile base stations in Singapore, including the deployment of Singapore’s most energy-efficient 5G radio cell which helps save up to 18 percent more energy than previous generations of 5G radios.

Microsoft Azure Public MEC

Singtel has started the preview of Microsoft Azure Public MEC with Microsoft for enterprise customers at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona.

Bill Chang, Chief Executive Officer, Group Enterprise, Singtel said: “Existing Azure cloud customers can come onboard the Azure Public MEC and leverage a combination of hybrid app deployments spanning across the edge and cloud – enabling our customers to innovate deliver real-time AI and digital services powered by 5G.”

Singtel’s Paragon will enable enterprise customers to transmit data from 5G devices to their applications hosted in the Azure Public MEC through secure and network performance-optimised network slices. This integration empowers developers to create and manage new network-aware applications in a cost efficient and “pay as you go” model.

“Using Microsoft Azure Public MEC and Azure Programmable Connectivity with Singtel’s 5G network will enable enterprises in Singapore to innovate and unlock new business opportunities,” said Yousef Khalidi, Corporate Vice President, Azure for Operators.