Huawei’s BTS energy proposal approved by ITU, becomes industry standard

Huawei’s Site Energy Efficiency (SEE) proposal has won approval by the International Telecom Union (ITU) and has been installed as ITU-T L.1350: Energy Efficiency Metrics of Base Station Site an official international standard for the field of telecom energy.

After two years of serious debates and repeated demonstration, the standard has finally been established. The standard will provide telecom and tower operators with a sound basis for selecting highly efficiently integrated solutions for their sites, enable operators to better evaluate the energy efficiency of their existing networks, formulate more effective energy efficiency improvement plans, and carry out energy conservation and emission reduction.

With the continuous development of digitization and the rapid growth of telecom services, the ICT industry is under more and more pressure to increase revenues and reduce energy consumption. Lowering energy costs is one of the most important measures for operators to sustain or increase profits.

Huawei’s SEE proposition divides telecom network energy consumption into two parts, that is, the energy consumption of telecommunications equipment (ECT) and the sum of different input energy sources (ETS). The division of energy efficiency indicators can help analyze and solve energy efficiency issues through mastering and comparing the indicators of different subnetworks and sites, better suit telecom and tower operators’ construction and maintenance management organizations, and facilitate scientific quantified management.


Paolo Gemma, President of the ITU-SG5 WP3, introducing Huawei’s SEE standard to the telecom industry

Over the last two years, Huawei has committed itself to pushing forward SEE as an international standard. To promote SEE concepts and benefits, Huawei participated in exhibitions across the industry and jointly held global energy efficiency summits in Australia, the Middle East, and Europe with leading operators and prestigious consulting firms. SEE gained popularity and support after numerous discussions on ICT energy efficiency and standards.

ITU is a specialized agency of the United Nations that is responsible for issues concerning information and communications technologies (ICT). Developing ICT technical standards is one of its responsibilities. In the fast-growing telecom industry, the ITU is the organization that organizes regular meetings of experts in government and R&D entities around the world to jointly formulate technical standards for complex issues. These standards ensure seamless inter-operations between various communications systems, infrastructure, and multiple network elements, yielding higher efficiency. After the stringent standard-setting process was completed, Huawei’s Site Energy Efficiency was officially adopted as the ITU-T standard in October 2016.