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Movistar modernizes its network with sustainable connections

As part of the expansion and improvement of its network infrastructure,Movistarannounced its strategy of sustainable connections with the Single RAN technology.

It is a modernization process with a change of concept: instead of adding additional equipment to the existing one, for an increase in the capacities and coverage of the fourth generation service (4G), these existing equipment are replaced by new and more efficient ones.

What is Single RAN?

It is a radio access network (RAN) technology that enables mobile telecommunications operators to support multiple mobile communication standards and wireless telephony services on a single network. The technology incorporates a radio device defined bysoftwareand is designed with a consolidated set of components from hardware.

This allows operators buy, operate and maintain a single telecommunications network and a set of equipment.This new equipment supports the ignition of multiple technologies, such as 2G, 3G and 4G.

The benefits are obvious:operation is simplified and the number of equipment in the company’s base stations is reduced, but without ceasing to provide the service to customers that are not yet operating in 4G.

This equipment with Single RAN technology it is installed in cabins without air conditioning system. They are much smaller than a shelter and suitable for outdoors. This technology allows Telefónica to take a second efficiency action: to dispense with large containers (containers or shelters) and turn off its air conditioners.

All of this has apositive impact on the environmentfrom two axes:

The most efficient use of electric powerthanks to new technologies. Thereduction of greenhouse gas emissions, typical of the operation of air conditioning equipment

Movistar conducted a study of the behavior of data traffic, which allowed it to turn off a selection of base stations located on the poles of the Atlantic coast of Buenos Aires during low season, without affecting the service in the area.

During 2020, the company saved about 5.2 GWh / year, equivalent to the consumption of 860 average Argentine homes, thus avoiding the generation of almost 2,000 tons of CO2. « It is part of our contribution against climate change, » they highlighted from the company.

Commitment to the environment

At Movistar, the commitment to caring for the environment is part of its business strategy, across the entire company, and involves operational and management areas, such as business and innovation areas. The company is certified under the standard ISO 14001: 2015 since 2009.

Movistar produces products and promotes initiatives so that its customers can choose reduce your environmental impactand join the challenge of the circular economy, in line with the Sustainable Development Goal number 12 « Responsible Consumption and Production » of the UN. Among the sustainable initiatives promoted in Argentina, in addition to Single RAN, are the following:

Ecorating

Movistar works to minimize the impact of its operation on the environment. Therefore, it provides information to its customers about more sustainable equipment. Ecorating is a seal with a score between 1 and 5 that evaluates the degree of environmental sustainability of the equipment.

The score is based on a methodology that assesses the impact of the equipment life cycle on the environment. It includes indicators such as global warming, the use of raw materials or their ease of recycling. Thus, the customer can know how « eco-friendly » his new equipment is throughout its life cycle from its manufacture to the end of its useful life.

Exchange Plan

When renewing their equipment, with the Exchange Plan the customer can use the one they have as part of payment for a new one. The equipment that is partially paid for are offered again with a guarantee by Movistar. Thus, it extends its useful life and prevents it from immediately becoming a technological waste.

Mailboxes

Movistar offers mailboxes at its branches to collect disused technological material. These materials may be reused, recycled or have a proper final disposal and thus reduce their environmental impact.