Sustainability and the Telecoms Industry

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Nokia and Vodafone claim that they have developed a new antenna solution that will help operators improve cost efficiencies in their mobile network and reduce overall carbon emissions. The so-called, Active Antenna solution was successfully tested by the two companies as part of a recently announced initiative called, the Nokia Siemens Networks Innovation Centre, or NICE. According to NSN, Active Antenna works by incorporating elements of the base station within the antenna, hence reducing the footprint of base stations and lowering power consumption. The solution is capable of working with multiple network technologies, NSN said, adding that the solution is targeted at operators rolling out new 3G or LTE (Long Term Evolution) networks or enhancing their existing 3G networks, as well as for those markets planning to re-farm current GSM band to make space for WCDMA/LT... (more)

Cloud Computing’s Environmental Benefits

A new report by NetSuite makes the claim that cloud computing can dramatically reduce carbon emissions for its customers, but the initial release left out some important facts, which were later filled in by Greenspace, who conducted the initial study. Read our initial report and the subsequent clarification from Greenspace CEO and founder, Jason Howard. NetSuite claims cloud platform cuts emissions, but tells only half the story Cloud-based business management software vendor, NetSuite, claims that customers using the company’s cloud-based SaaS, ERP and CRM services are saving th... (more)

Mobile Comms Can Save €43bn in Energy Bills Per Year - Vodafone

A new report released by Vodafone and Accenture says that the use of mobile communications can reduce the annual energy bill for Europe by a €43 billion, equivalent to an annual reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by at least 113 Mt CO2e (metric ton carbon dioxide equivalents) by 2020. The figure equals about 2.4% of the CO2 emissions for the whole of the EU, or eliminating close to one-fifth of the UK’s emissions. Obviously, there’s a catch. Vodafone says that the only way to achieve those goals is for the industry and governments to collaborate. The report, titled Carbon Con... (more)

IBM and Cisco in Amsterdam Smart Grid Pilot

At least two big IT names, IBM and Cisco, will be headlining a trial by Dutch utility, Nuon, to put in a smart grid for 500 homes in Amsterdam. As part of the trial, 500 households in Amsterdam will get smart meters and home energy management solutions to optimise their energy usage. The pilot is being implemented by a consortium of organisations, including housing corporations Far West and Ymere, Amsterdamse Innovatie Motor, Home Automation Europe, ROC Amsterdam, the University of Amsterdam and Grid Operator Liander. The pilot, a part of the Amsterdam Smart City initiative, is ... (more)

Fujitsu Aims to Combine Cloud with Telecoms

I wrote an article recently for CommsDay International on Fujitsu’s plans to launch a global cloud initiative. Fujitsu, like other technology vendors, Sun and Microsoft, is also getting into the cloud business with its own data centre facilities and even multi-tier cloud offering. The move makes sense, since Fujitsu is already a global services company providing IT outsourcing services to its customers. At the same time, the strategy fits quite nicely with the Japanese government’s plan to build a massive cloud infrastructure, called tentatively the Kasumigaseki Cloud, to suppor... (more)