ITU studies environmental impact of 5G

Staff writer
20 Jun 2017

The ITU said its standardization expert group for 'environment and circular economy', ITU-T Study Group 5, is inviting contributions to its emerging study of the environmental requirements of 5G systems.

The first ITU technical report to result from this study offers an initial assessment of the methods and metrics required to evaluate the energy efficiency of future 5G systems.

Additionally, ITU-T Study Group 5 is developing a new ITU international standard detailing sustainable power feeding solutions for 5G networks, as well as two new ITU technical reports -- one providing an analysis of 5G systems resistibility and the other an analysis of electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) aspects and the definition of requirements for 5G mobile systems.

"ITU-T Study Group 5 is taking a proactive approach to the environmental sustainability of emerging technologies," said Chaesub Lee, director of the ITU Telecommunication Standardization Bureau. "This work will contribute to the environmental sustainability of the ICT sector as well as the many other industry sectors scaling-up their application of ICTs as enabling technologies to increase efficiency and innovate their service offerings."

ITU-T Study Group 5 will also develop energy efficiency metrics and measurement methodologies for 5G industry players. The group will contribute to the reliability of 5G systems by ensuring their resistibility to electromagnetic disturbances such as those caused by lightning, while the group's development of EMC requirements will support the interference-free operation of 5G systems.

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