Big Momentum for Environmental Policies in the Industry
Device manufacturers, Telecom equipment providers, International industry groups and Service providers are summing efforts towards consistent sustainability environment for the industry, “green” is becoming a recurrent color in the industry agenda. If we take into account that within the ICT sector wireless is a major consumer of energy, considered around 80% of the total consume, becomes obvious the need to implement more efficient energy consuming models and environmental friendly policies. Going deep in the wireless ecosystem the RAN can be “blamed” for almost 80% of the energy consumption; another aspect industry is accounted for, is the production of e-waste, directly linked to the progressive and continuous shrinking of usage cycles of wireless devices. At the core of the network we must consider the constant energy consume of communication links even when demand is low or inexistent, if we add energy consume of retail stores, datacenters and building infrastructure the opportunities for environmental policies improvement grows. Industry and academia are producing strategic and technical solutions to address several of these issues, like device package reduction, HetNets, CoopNets, Dynamic network management based on traffic demand and of course phone recycling programs. So, industry is doing their homework, now the question is, are you doing yours? Wireless is already a pervasive aspect of our lives, we depend on wireless devices for information, entertainment, work activities, and many other things and the tendency is growing, body sensor networks will introduce a new paradigm of human-wireless interaction, so undoubtedly the user has a place in environmental policies, I’ll try to outline that place in this post.
Ongoing Efforts from the Industry and Academia
These efforts can be divided in technical solutions and commercial strategic solutions:
And within technical solutions we have RAN and CORE solutions:
Where Do We As Users Fit In?
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Next I propose three aspects that outline the place of the user in the green trend of the wireless industry:
1. Active interest to gain knowledge about responsible usage of wireless technology: The information as usual is there! In every social network you can find profiles of manufactures, service providers or associations displaying sustainability efforts, environmental tips and social environmental responsibility news; but all this info will do nothing if you, as user do not consume it, is a matter of responsibility, there are several options you can look for information in the websites of your service provider or favorite manufacturer, you can subscribe to green profiles that abound the network these days, to read and gain knowledge about green usage of your favorite devices.
2. Become aware of your wireless usage habits:
3. Demand green products and environmental policies from your manufacturers and service providers: this requires a totally different approach from you as a consumer, because implies to add an item to the list when you consider the acquisition of a device or a service and above all prioritize it, but this is where we must aim at, we can influence the better practices in the industry by preferring environmental friendly products. This can be really hard in some regions, as a habitant of a Latin American country I must say that green awareness is rather scarce, hence the need to become exigent to our Service providers and to ourselves.
What’s Coming for the Industry
Because of the current efforts, there are some interesting options that might give the industry the edge to surpass sustainability targets.
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