Saudi’s STC, Ericsson sign renewable energy deal for network infrastructure

By Amirtha P S, Desk Reporter
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Saudi Telecom Company (STC), Saudi Arabia’s leading telecom service provider, has entered into a partnership deal with Ericsson, Swedish multinational networking and telecom company, to explore sustainable initiatives to power the network infrastructure in the Kingdom with intelligent and renewable energy.

Under the memorandum of understanding (MoU), both companies will further explore other Information and Communication Technology (ICT) green-site solutions and sustainability initiatives for the Kingdom.

Ericsson will use its expertise to offer the most energy-efficient strategies to the STC network to positively contribute to society. Under the first phase of the MoU, the companies will deploy several sustainable site solutions that will exhibit how renewable energy can power networks of the future.

Abdulla Alkanhl
Abdulla Alkanhl
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“STC has had a long tradition of adopting a progressive mindset towards the development and deployment of transformative technologies such as 5G. We continue to do this as part of our commitment to being the digital enabler of Saudi Arabia. With this new MoU, we work yet again with Ericsson to push the ICT industry’s boundaries and focus on ensuring a sustainable, environmentally-viable future while providing our customers with unparalleled connectivity in the Kingdom.”

As part of the MoU, the companies will collaborate on various projects which include implementing a solar-hybrid site and initiatives to reduce carbon emissions, that will help to preserve the environment. The MoU will accelerate the stride towards incorporating green innovation in network operations in light of the expected increase in energy demand.

Mr. Mathias Johansson, Vice President and Head of Saudi Arabia and Egypt, Ericsson Middle East and Africa says, “Ericsson’s broad range of solutions make it easy to meet traffic growth and lower mobile network energy consumption from today’s level. Together with STC, we will be working on diversifying the energy sources, reducing carbon dioxide emissions, and exploring initiatives for operating networks with an efficient and intelligent energy perspective.”

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