It is estimated that the biggest pressure of 5g of the three operators this year is the increase of electricity charges by tens of billions a year

For 5g development, 2018 is the pressure of technology and base station supply, and 2019 is the pressure of commercial number release and high 5g terminal price. By this year, it is expected that the pressure of 5g tariff will be the first. The tariff of more than 1 million base stations to be built by the three major operators this year is not for fun.

How much is the electricity charge of 5g base station? In 2019, the power consumption of 5g base stations in the whole society accounts for about 0.05, which is almost negligible. However, by 2023, 5g base station power consumption is expected to account for 1.3% of social power consumption.

It is estimated that the biggest pressure of 5g of the three operators this year is the increase of electricity charges by tens of billions a year

However, please note that in 2019, the three major operators will only have 150000 in total, and the number recently announced is about 710000. In 2021, it is estimated that another 500000 5g base stations will be built, and the total number of 5g base stations will reach more than 1.2 million.

The electricity charge of 5g base station is not comparable to that of 4G base station. According to the data of China Tower, the average power consumption of a 5g outdoor base station is about 3.8kw, more than three times that of a 4G base station, and the annual comprehensive electricity cost of a single 5g base station is about 23000-30000 yuan.

On average, each 5g base station uses 65 kilowatt hours of electricity every day, and the electricity price is about 1 yuan per kilowatt hour, so the daily electricity cost of a 5g base station is 65 yuan.

So someone made an account. Even if we calculate with more than 700000 5g base stations, the three operators need to pay 16.5-21.5 billion yuan of electricity bills a year. By 2026, the power consumption of 5g base stations will rise to 2.1% of that of the whole society. Therefore, it is impossible for the three operators to build 5g base stations at Jiakuai, unless the electricity price drops.

Interestingly, whether smart tube and power-saving rate control can be realized has become an important evaluation index for 5g equipment manufacturers. Huawei, ZTE, Ericsson and Nokia bell all compete with each other to save power. Originally, the three major operators have always been associated with the power grid. For example, the power line can be transformed into a communication network and connected to the Internet. The towers of the three major operators are also similar to those of the power grid. The power grid also has a special information and communication branch. Now, in terms of the electricity charges of 5g base stations, the three major operators have intersection with the power grid. It is said that communication is everywhere. It seems that electricity is omnipotent and even better.