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Nokia Develops a Carbon-Cutting Cellular Solution

Nokia Develops a Carbon-Cutting Cellular Solution

Thousands of base stations like this one are needed to provide service to a large city.

November 23, 2007 —

Nokia Siemens, a leading manufacturer of cellphones and communications equipment, has unveiled a new base station that uses as much as 70 percent less energy than current models. Base stations are used by cellular service providers to transmit and receive wireless signals, relaying them along land-based communications networks. Multiple base stations are necessary to provide coverage to an average American city, and Nokia estimates that converting them to this new technology could be equivalent to taking as many as 21,000 cars off the road in such a city.

Along with the announcement, Nokia took the opportunity to trumpet some of its other green initiatives. The company has instituted a video conferencing policy meant to dramatically decrease the fiscal and environmental cost of business travel, and is in the process of auditing its entire carbon footprint. The primary focus of Nokia's green efforts though remains the development technologies capable of saving its clients money and energy. Says Ari Letoranta, head of the Radio Access unit at Nokia:

The Energy Efficiency solution makes good green business sense. By bringing state-of-the-art products and software together we can reduce adverse environmental impact while generating considerable cost savings for our operator customers.

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