Energy costs are a big line item for mobile operators. MTN Consulting estimates that 5% to 6% of telcos’ operating costs are spent on energy, and that cost could increase as they densify their networks with small cells. Typically, the company leasing the space on the tower must secure power to the site and the cost of that power may fluctuate dramatically depending upon the distance to the source. Are there any new developments in providing power to the tower? Is renewable energy an option? Is power-as-a-service, where tower tenants are charged a flat fee in return for guaranteed reliable service, a viable option?
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