Ericsson claims 3G mobile network reduces carbon footprint
Ericsson has claimed that a 3G mobile broadband network it offers allows businesses to reduce their carbon footprint at the same time as boosting their company productivity.
The Swedish telecommunications firm has published a study, undertaken by independent consultants Econtech, examining the impact of its Next G network operated in Australia by Telstra.
According to the survey, businesses using the service were able to reduce their carbon footprint by as much as 17 per cent, with savings made by means such as reduced levels of printing and less work-related travel.
The president of Ericsson's Australian operations, Bill Zikou, said: "Ericsson believes that information and communication technology will play a key role in shaping a low carbon economy for the future.
"Ericsson is consciously investigating ways to reduce carbon emissions through the smart use of telecommunications. This study is one concrete example where this ambition has been realized in a developed market."
Earlier this year, Ericsson's competitor, Nokia, announced it was adopting measures recommended by the WWF Climate Savers programme to improve the sustainability of both its day-to-day practices and retail products.
Article Date: 11 February 2008
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