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PUBLISHER: MTN Consulting, LLC | PRODUCT CODE: 1266271

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PUBLISHER: MTN Consulting, LLC | PRODUCT CODE: 1266271

Energy Costs Spike 2022 Opex for Carrier-neutral Sector: For Many Carrier-neutral Operators, Energy is Largest Operational Expense and Can Account for Up to 80% of Opex (ex-D&A), Costs Surged in 2022 for Many

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This brief presents data on energy spending by operators of cell towers, data centers, and fiber networks, and discusses the implications of the data and likely future directions. Utilities represent a large portion of operating expenses for these infrastructure-focused companies, which we track as "carrier-neutral network operators" (CNNOs). CNNOs also spend more than other types of operators. Webscale spending on power is miniscule relative to their size, less than 1% of opex (ex-D&A). Telcos spend a few % of opex (ex-D&A) on utilities. But CNNOs can spend more than 30% and up to 80% of opex (ex-D&A) on utilities.



Companies mentioned:

  • America Movil
  • AT&T
  • Bharti Infratel (Indus)
  • Cellnex
  • China Tower
  • ChinData
  • Chorus Limited
  • Ciena
  • Crown Castle
  • CyrusOne
  • Digital Realty
  • GDS Data Centers
  • Helios Towers
  • IHS Towers
  • QTS Realty
  • Sarana Menara Nusantara
  • Switch
  • TDF Infrastructure/Arcus
  • Telefonica
  • Teraco
  • Verizon
Product Code: GNI-20042023-1

Table of Contents

  • Summary
  • CNNOs are more energy-intensive than other operator types
  • Sustainability in networks needs to start with CNNOs
  • Implications
  • Appendix
Product Code: GNI-20042023-1

List of Figures

  • Figure 1: Power intensity by operator type (MWh consumed per US$1M in revenue)
  • Figure 2: Utilities spend as a % of opex (excluding depreciation & amortization), 2020-22
  • Figure 3: Utilities vs. D&A costs as a percentage of total opex, 2022
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