Safaricom aims to cut energy consumption

01 December 2023

Safaricom has signed a partnership agreement with Nokia to reduce energy consumption and costs across its 3G, 4G and 5G networks.

Nokia will deploy its AVA energy efficiency software on around 30,000 telecom sites to achieve energy savings of around 8-10%. The solution uses artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms to turn off idle and unused equipment during periods of low usage. It has already been tested by Safaricom and Nokia before its implementation.

“Network energy consumption is a difficult issue for operators in many respects, particularly in terms of costs and the environment. This deployment with Nokia represents an important step in helping Safaricom Kenya alleviate this problem while delivering the same network quality and reliability to our customers,” said Anthony Gacanja, network director at Safaricom Kenya.