New targets required for useful, affordable and sustainable connectivity

Published October 15th, 2009 - 11:52 GMT

Nokia Siemens Networks chief executive calls for ambitious targets and better cooperation to support global transition to broadband


Rajeev Suri, chief executive officer of Nokia Siemens Networks, today called for new connectivity and sustainability targets to drive cooperation between the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry, governments and the International Telecommunications Union (ITU). 


In a panel discussion* at ITU Telecom World 2009 in Geneva, Suri outlined the challenge to bring useful, affordable and sustainable connectivity to the world. Useful connectivity includes not just infrastructure, but how effectively that infrastructure is being used.


“Our challenge is to think creatively, beyond national boundaries. To create a regulatory environment that drives an increase in useful connectivity that is environmentally sustainable,” Suri said. “Providing affordable connectivity to the billions of people without it, while minimizing the environmental impact of connecting them, are the two major challenges facing us today.”


Energy is a major cost* when providing telecoms services. Reducing power consumption, and improving renewable energy use, lowers CO2 emissions and the cost of providing useful connectivity.


In line with its views on sustainability, Nokia Siemens Networks has joined with WWF, the global conservation organization, to persuade decision makers at the UN Climate Summit in Copenhagen in December 2009 to deliver a fair, ambitious and binding agreement to cut global greenhouse gas emissions.


“Our environmental targets set together with WWF go beyond existing legal requirements or national targets. We are urging governments to take a bolder stand on this issue and set a strong agreement to reduce CO2 emissions globally”, Suri said.


A study by Nokia and Nokia Siemens Networks looking at nearly 80 emerging markets and the total cost of ownership of mobile data services shows that pricing and affordability vary a great deal. The countries that perform the best in terms of affordability have adopted favorable regulatory environments, innovative market strategies and new business models.


Suri called for new public-private partnerships to drive the creation of new business models to deliver affordable communication services. Nokia Siemens Networks expects to announce just such an initiative in cooperation with the ITU later this week. 


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