Will Telcos Bypass Utilities and Become Regional Renewable Energy Providers?

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By Kateryna Dubrova | 2Q 2022 | IN-6529


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  1. Telecommunication and electric utility industries have a number of operational similarities, such as they require significant capital for setting up the infrastructure, equipment, control centers, and the network itself. Both industries also have similar structural needs due to technological advancements, such as billing, client management, and maintenance of the equipment. However, those industries have fundamental differences in service provision, business model, operational model, and pace of digitalization. Yet, given those differences, it is important to highlight, that both utilities and telcos are the leading polluting verticals that rely heavily on the use of fossil fuels, and require constantly growing electricity demand.
  2. Interestingly, deployments of 5G wireless networks have increased the telco sector's electricity demand, putting more pressure on the utility network, which has been further increased by the deployment of new cooling and electric equipment, data centers, and new sites for coverage expansion. Due to the increase in demand for electricity, telcos are exploring alternative …

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