Nokia Siemens eyeing 'green' future

Nokia Siemens Networks has taken the wraps off its sustainable business policies, promising to cut the power consumption of its network gear and unveiling a new energy-efficient base station.

'Nokia Siemens Networks must provide wireless and wireline connectivity that uses less and less energy, that has recyclable components and limited use of environmentally sensitive materials,' said CEO Simon Beresford-Wylie.

'From how we design our products to our work with suppliers, the management of our own operations and the services we offer for end-of-life recycling, Nokia Siemens Networks is committed to leading the telecommunications industry in environmental sustainability,' he said.

Speaking at a launch in Beijing, Beresford-Wylie unveiled a base station which enables up to 70% savings in energy consumption.

In a network with 5,000 base stations across a metropolitan area, the annual energy saving would be the equivalent of 73,000 tons of CO2 emissions, equivalent to that generated by 21,000 cars.

NSN also announced it had sold its low-power flexi GSM base station equipment to China Mobile Beijing.