- The second speaker up in the NSN stream at Nokia World is Miguel Arranz, Head of 2G Products, Vodafone Group Plc.
- Miguel’s talk shines a spotlight on energy efficiency. It is something very close to our hearts at NSN. Environmental responsibility really is in the core of what we do. Both because global companies need to take a lead in reducing carbon emissions, and also because it makes business sense. As an example, we know of one major operator who’s network energy bill in just one country is $1 billion annually. If you can cut that, you have a big impact on the bottom line.
- Related to that, here is a telling statistic that Miguel shared: 0.2% global CO2 emissions come from mobile operators. Of this more than 80% of mobile operator CO2 emissions come from energy consumption in the network.
- Ergo, producing a more energy efficient network – achieved through a combination of network efficiency to reduce separate elements, and reducing the energy consumption of individual elements – is vital for the operators.
Vodafone has committed that by 2020 it will cut absolute CO2 emissions from the annual level recorded between March 2006 to March 2007 in half.
Our company’s efforts in this area are led by our head of environmentally sustainable business, Anne Larilahti. Earlier this year she gave an interview at Green Telecom live on what we’re up to.
Miguel has highlighted the four specific areas that Vodafone is asking its suppliers to focus on to help it meet its goals:
- Power Amplifier efficiencies beyond 60%
- Rural BTS for emerging markets, below 100w without coverage compromise
- Wideband single RAN – not only multitechnology SDR, but also multiband, in one box
- “Invisibile” radio units to expand the applicability of RRH
Miguel said: “The supplier that can best meet these challenges is set to be a close, long term partner of Vodafone.”
That’s the challenge then.
After lunch: “Everybody has broadband. Now what?” with Bruno Giussani, European Director of TED.