At the recent MWC Barcelona 2024, industry leaders Huawei convened the Green Development Elite Club, a stage for key representatives from prominent organizations to illuminate their vision and effort for Green Target Networks. These networks aim to foster sustainable growth, using state-of-the-art computing power and AI to transform operations.

In 2024, the telecom industry is witnessing a transformative shift driven by evolving customer needs, technological advancements, and environmental concerns. Key trends include the rise of self-service platforms, the migration to VoIP as PSTN becomes obsolete, standalone 5G networks taking center stage, AI integration for enhanced connectivity, and a strong commitment to sustainability. These trends are reshaping how telecom carriers operate and innovate, promising new opportunities in a rapidly changing landscape.

Switching to a cloud-based VoIP system has the potential to cut CO2 emissions from telephony equivalent to removing 22 million cars from the road. In an era prioritizing sustainability, traditional landlines contribute to significant carbon footprints and electronic waste. VoIP, utilizing the internet’s power, eliminates physical infrastructure, reduces electronic waste, and operates efficiently. Beyond resource conservation, VoIP’s energy efficiency, support for remote work, and future innovations, including AI optimization and renewable energy sources, position it as a sustainable solution. Join the movement for a cleaner world with every VoIP-powered conversation—a pledge to the planet.

Taking bold steps towards combatting climate change, Japan’s leading telecom firm, NTT DoCoMo, unveils ambitious initiatives looking to drastically cut its scope 3 emissions. These indirect emissions derive largely from the supply chain, making up approximately four-fifths of the company’s total greenhouse gas output. Taking the bull by the horns, DoCoMo is charting an eco-conscious path, pledging to fully utilize renewable energy sources and implement energy-saving measures across its network. With an eye on the future, the telecom titan plans to transform its supply chain to become environmentally friendly by 2040, all while leveraging technology to help suppliers and customers visualize their carbon footprint. As the telecommunications industry continues to battle climate change, stay tuned for further updates.

Climate change casts a menacing shadow over the infrastructure underpinning the Internet, including fiber optic cables and colocation facilities. The predicament Saint-Martin island faced after Hurricane Irma’s assault prompted Setics Sttar to reimagine their rebuilding strategy. Subterranean framework emerged as a key defense against future environmental disasters, demonstrating the necessity to fuse climate risk considerations with infrastructure planning. Seeking a climate risk assessment for your FTTH Network design has become not only optimal but essential in the face of a changing world.

Exploring efficient energy solutions, BT is turning to liquid cooling techniques to lower network switch power usage. Collaborations with Iceotope and Juniper hint at precision cooling for servers—a potentially industry-first initiative. Meanwhile, strategies with Immersion4, Nexalus, and Airsys run the gamut from full immersion to cooling-unit encased cold plates. Crucially, every energy-reduction experiment aids BT’s ambitious journey toward net-zero emissions by 2031.

In a promising move towards transparency, UK’s BT and software giant SAP have joined forces to test SAP’s Sustainability Data Exchange (SDX) – a novel system that captures, tracks and shares data on obscure, indirect emissions, known as Scope 3. Given the numerous entities and different methodologies involved in disclosure, SDX utilizes carbon data interoperability standards to provide a unified portal for monitoring supply chain emissions data, thus streamlining the gathering and dissemination of precise Scope 3 information.

Unveiling a battery and solar-powered 5G site in Texas, Ericsson demonstrates an innovative and eco-friendly approach to creating energy-smart network solutions. This next-generation site not only offers enhanced energy management, potentially trimming operational expenses and reducing energy consumption, but also hints at lucrative future revenue streams from selling excess power. As Ericsson continues to explore greener alternatives, it’s intriguing to see how telecom companies worldwide will adopt this sustainable model.