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NGMN Sets the Industry Standard for a “Global Green Network Benchmark” | VanillaMore

Frankfurt, Germany, January 18, 2022 – the Next Generation Mobile Networks Alliance (NGMN Alliance) announces the implementation of methodologies and KPIs for a Global Green Networks Benchmark.

The Alliance’s new initiative is part of its Green Future Networks program and aims to generate a global standard for the industry. While current mobile network benchmarks focus primarily on comparing quality of service and user experience, the new Global Green Networks Benchmark will focus on green network operations.

Arash Ashouriha, SVP Technology Innovation Group, Deutsche Telekom and Chairman of the Board of NGMN said, “Implementing concrete actions to mitigate climate action is a key priority for our industry. At Deutsche Telekom, our goal is to ensure that everyone can #participate and connect via a green network.

We are committed to ambitious zero emissions goals and continuously optimize our network to ensure the highest quality for our customers while striving to systematically reduce energy consumption. NGMN’s Global Green Networks Benchmark is sure to help the entire telecom industry by providing transparency regarding operator sustainability. Additionally, it offers operators a unique opportunity to prove their sustainability credentials to their customers and be recognized for positive environmental and societal impact.

Anita Dohler, CEO of NGMN, points out: “There is a clear need for a Global Green Networks Benchmark. Being recognized for operating green networks will encourage mobile network operators to become even more committed to exploring innovative methods and solutions to implement their networks in an energy-efficient way and to place more emphasis on reducing the environmental footprint of E2E services, for example by improving the eco-design of products and implementing new business models promoting a circular economy. Such efforts will also drive supplier innovation.

The overall objectives of this NGMN initiative are:

  • establish globally applicable KPIs and methodologies,
  • define an overall evaluation methodology, and
  • define the sources of data for the assessment and how this data is obtained

Initially, the benchmark will focus on high-level sustainability indicators, followed by more detailed assessments in later stages.

The volume of network traffic is expected to increase exponentially in the coming years and keeping the energy curve flat will be a challenge for the industry. In addition, climate change is becoming one of the major concerns from the end-user perspective, which is driving more and more end-users to seek sustainable services from their network providers.

Although many operators are committed to achieving net zero goals, there is great potential for improving network energy efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, which NGMN is tackling with all its activities of Green Future Networks.

NGMN invites interested industry players to join this new venture for the benefit of the global ecosystem.

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