Nokia announced the deployment of its AVA Energy Efficiency software for Safaricom Kenya to help the operator achieve lower power consumption and costs over its 5G, 4G, and 3G networks.

The rollout, encompassing approximately 30,000 cells across these networks, is anticipated to lead to planned network energy cost savings of 8-10%. This initiative follows a successful pilot program conducted with Safaricom Kenya. Nokia's AVA for Energy utilizes AI and machine learning algorithms to automatically deactivate idle equipment during periods of low usage, ensuring a seamless customer experience. This is achieved in collaboration with Nokia Radio Energy Efficiency features.

Nokia reported a growing portfolio of over 50 completed/ongoing energy-saving projects with service providers globally, reflecting the industry trend toward minimizing energy consumption, reducing costs, and addressing environmental sustainability concerns within network operations.

Samar Mittal, VP, Cloud and Network Services (CNS), Global Business Center (GBC) at Nokia MEA, emphasized, “As Nokia says often: there is no green without digital. So, we are very pleased to be helping Safaricom lower its network power usage and use its assets in a more cost-effective way through Nokia’s advanced software capabilities. These drive meaningful power use and cost reductions and do so without impact on the customer experience. This is especially important as we look to the annual United Nations climate conference later this week and the progress, we hope that is achieved at that gathering.”

Anthony Gacanja, network director at Safaricom Kenya, said, “Network power consumption is a challenging issue for operators on many levels, including costs and from an environmental perspective. This rollout with Nokia represents an important step to helping Safaricom Kenya mitigate this challenge while delivering the same network quality and reliability to our customers.”

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