NGMN Alliance launches Green Future Networks project

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The project will introduce green targets to address the need for action on climate change across the telecom ecosystem.

It will work towards improving energy efficiency, reducing carbon emissions and increasing the use of recyclable materials, the project strives to address the industry’s social responsibility in regard to the impact of the mobile ecosystem on the environment.

The NGMN 5G White Paper 2 touched on this subject and will be used as a basis to guide the project, which will have a particular focus on four main topics:
• End-to-End services, considering the energy consumed during service consumption, but in the production and disposal of equipment used to provide the service
• Eco-design of equipment and products
• Network energy efficiency, for example, to define the next steps on advanced sleep modes and to explore the on-line network dimensioning by using AI techniques
• On-board metering to control energy consumption.

Unique position

Ana Maria Galindo Serrano is responsible for Green ITN Performance & Communication at Orange. She will lead the Green Future Networks project and said, “NGMN is in a unique position to consolidate a common view in the operator’s community to foster the adoption of green solutions, including a common methodology for end-to-end life cycle analysis and eco-design of products.

“This shared view is essential for enabling a coherent and common green strategy among telcos, and to fulfil the requirements of regulators and the next customers’ generation”.

Anita Döhler, CEO of the NGMN Alliance, added, “Creating a cleaner and more sustainable mobile network ecosystem is of the utmost global importance, therefore, one of our main goals.

“We are proud to bring together the entire NGMN Alliance to jointly work on taking action to contribute our share in reducing the risks and effects of climate change, while at the same time achieving significant cost savings for our operator partners as well as many other industry players.”