Energy consumption of mobile data transfer – Increasing or decreasing? : Evaluating the impact of technology development & user behavior

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Abstract

Mobile data consumption in Finland is among the highest in the world. Increase in mobile data usage has been rapid and continuous growth is foreseen. While the energy consumed per transmitted gigabyte has substantially decreased, it seems that the absolute annual energy consumption related to mobile operators’ activities has started to increase. Simultaneously, consumer behavior is changing. While new end-user devices are more and more energy-efficient, we use more and more time with mobile devices. Is increasing usage outweighing achieved energy savings? What kinds of options are available for tackling increasing energy demand?

This paper discusses current and future trends related to energy consumption of mobile data transfer and mobile networks in Finland. Using a top-down approach and publicly available data, an illustrative trend (kWh/gigabyte) for the energy consumption of transmitted mobile data was constructed for the years 2010-2016. In addition, energy consumption related to mobile data transfer is discussed from a life cycle perspective, considering both direct and indirect energy use and challenges in conducting such assessments. Contributions of relevant technological and social developments (radio network technology transformations from 4G to 5G and consumer behavior) are analyzed considering possible trade-offs and pointing out aspects that require future studies.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationICT4S2018. 5th International Conference on Information and Communication Technology for Sustainability
EditorsBirgit Penzenstadler, Steve Easterbrook, Colin Venters, Syed Ishtiaqe Ahmed
Pages301-315
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 10 May 2018
MoE publication typeNot Eligible
Event5th International Conference on Information and Communication Technology for Sustainability, ICT4S2018 - Toronto, Canada
Duration: 14 May 201818 May 2018

Publication series

SeriesEPiC Series in Computing
Volume52

Conference

Conference5th International Conference on Information and Communication Technology for Sustainability, ICT4S2018
Abbreviated titleICT4S
CountryCanada
CityToronto
Period14/05/1818/05/18

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Data transfer
Energy utilization
Consumer behavior
Mobile devices
Life cycle
Wireless networks
Energy conservation

Keywords

  • consumer behaviour
  • energy consumption
  • ICT
  • life cycle assessment
  • mobile access networks

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Pihkola, H., Hongisto, M., Apilo, O., Lasanen, M., & Vatanen, S. (2018). Energy consumption of mobile data transfer – Increasing or decreasing? : Evaluating the impact of technology development & user behavior. In B. Penzenstadler, S. Easterbrook, C. Venters, & S. Ishtiaqe Ahmed (Eds.), ICT4S2018. 5th International Conference on Information and Communication Technology for Sustainability (pp. 301-315). EPiC Series in Computing, Vol.. 52 https://doi.org/10.29007/ddrc
Pihkola, Hanna ; Hongisto, Mikko ; Apilo, Olli ; Lasanen, Mika ; Vatanen, Saija. / Energy consumption of mobile data transfer – Increasing or decreasing?  : Evaluating the impact of technology development & user behavior. ICT4S2018. 5th International Conference on Information and Communication Technology for Sustainability. editor / Birgit Penzenstadler ; Steve Easterbrook ; Colin Venters ; Syed Ishtiaqe Ahmed. 2018. pp. 301-315 (EPiC Series in Computing, Vol. 52).
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Pihkola, H, Hongisto, M, Apilo, O, Lasanen, M & Vatanen, S 2018, Energy consumption of mobile data transfer – Increasing or decreasing? : Evaluating the impact of technology development & user behavior. in B Penzenstadler, S Easterbrook, C Venters & S Ishtiaqe Ahmed (eds), ICT4S2018. 5th International Conference on Information and Communication Technology for Sustainability. EPiC Series in Computing, vol. 52, pp. 301-315, 5th International Conference on Information and Communication Technology for Sustainability, ICT4S2018, Toronto, Canada, 14/05/18. https://doi.org/10.29007/ddrc

Energy consumption of mobile data transfer – Increasing or decreasing?  : Evaluating the impact of technology development & user behavior. / Pihkola, Hanna; Hongisto, Mikko; Apilo, Olli; Lasanen, Mika; Vatanen, Saija.

ICT4S2018. 5th International Conference on Information and Communication Technology for Sustainability. ed. / Birgit Penzenstadler; Steve Easterbrook; Colin Venters; Syed Ishtiaqe Ahmed. 2018. p. 301-315 (EPiC Series in Computing, Vol. 52).

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Pihkola H, Hongisto M, Apilo O, Lasanen M, Vatanen S. Energy consumption of mobile data transfer – Increasing or decreasing? : Evaluating the impact of technology development & user behavior. In Penzenstadler B, Easterbrook S, Venters C, Ishtiaqe Ahmed S, editors, ICT4S2018. 5th International Conference on Information and Communication Technology for Sustainability. 2018. p. 301-315. (EPiC Series in Computing, Vol. 52). https://doi.org/10.29007/ddrc