UAE-based biggest multinational telecommunications services provider, e& and Swedish multinational networking and telecom company, Ericsson have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to explore initiatives aimed at reducing energy consumption and building more efficient and sustainable future networks.
The MoU was signed on the sidelines of the 27th Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC (COP27) in Egypt. The partnership is part of e&’s ambition to accelerate the transition to Net Zero and underlines the importance of improving network energy performance to meet Net Zero targets.
The three-year partnership aims to support the Net Zero strategy of e& and Ericsson while exploring opportunities to reduce carbon emissions and energy consumption.
The companies will also collaborate in hosting a series of knowledge-sharing sessions, covering Ericsson’s global expertise in energy-efficient strategies, such as its ‘Breaking the Energy Curve’ initiative.
Mr. Sabri Ali Albreiki, Chief Technology Officer, e& international, said that, “Through our partnership with Ericsson, we aim to accelerate the decarbonization of our network infrastructure business by exploring the deployment of their latest generation of energy-efficient radio equipment and software features.”
“We will also work together to use the Ericsson Product Take-Back program to dispose of and recycle obsolete network equipment to high environmental standards. This agreement is part of e&’s broader commitment to reduce waste and achieve a sustainable low-carbon society,” Mr. Ali Albreiki noted.
e& will continue to work towards reducing the carbon footprint through the utilization of Ericsson’s industry-leading and sustainable products and services.
According to the statement, “Ericsson’s global product ‘Take-Back Program’ will be explored further for potential collaboration that could support e& drive responsible disposal and recycling of e-waste across the Group’s network.”
Mr. Ekow Nelson, Vice President and Head of the Global Customer Unit for e& at Ericsson Middle East and Africa, stated that, “Through our Global Product Take-Back and innovatively sustainable 5G solutions such as our intelligent RAN energy-saving software features, we are confident e& will be able to reduce its environmental footprint and manage the expected growth in data traffic using as little energy as possible.”