A report from Ericsson found that energy consumption is set to increase dramatically if 5G is deployed in the same way as 3G and 4G. Photo: ShutterstockA report from Ericsson found that energy consumption is set to increase dramatically if 5G is deployed in the same way as 3G and 4G. Photo: Shutterstock
A report from Ericsson found that energy consumption is set to increase dramatically if 5G is deployed in the same way as 3G and 4G. Photo: Shutterstock

5G towers are consuming a lot of energy, so China Unicom is putting some of them to sleep overnight

  • China Unicom decided to put some 5G base stations to sleep between 9pm and 9am, prompting concern from users
  • 5G energy consumption is an environmental problem that’s being overlooked, some experts say

Topic |   5G
A report from Ericsson found that energy consumption is set to increase dramatically if 5G is deployed in the same way as 3G and 4G. Photo: ShutterstockA report from Ericsson found that energy consumption is set to increase dramatically if 5G is deployed in the same way as 3G and 4G. Photo: Shutterstock
A report from Ericsson found that energy consumption is set to increase dramatically if 5G is deployed in the same way as 3G and 4G. Photo: Shutterstock
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