As lockdown restrictions continue to ease, our mobile data consumption is reaching new records. In the first week of May, the O2 network carried approximately 55% more peak hour data throughput than it did in the same week in 2020.
The growing demands on the network put pressure on the data centres that regulate equipment temperatures to prevent overheating, this relies heavily on air conditioning units that contribute to carbon emissions.
Commitment to a greener network
O2 is currently leading the way amongst mobile network operators by committing to net-zero by 2025 and as part of their sustainability target, they have introduced new energy-efficient cooling equipment and EkkoSense software to regulate data centre temperatures. The implementation of this technology is estimated to deliver energy savings equivalent to one million kilograms of CO₂ every year while increasing network efficiency and helping to maintain the growing demands of the network.
O2’s industry-leading green ambitions have already reduced its carbon emissions in its operations by 29% since 2015 and 70% of the networks total estate is now powered on renewable energy sources. These sustainable practices are only set to grow as the importance of deducing our carbon footprint becomes a key focus for the telecoms industry.
We are proud to be a part of an industry that is taking such positive steps in important topics such as Sustainability. If you'd like to find out more about how you can use communications technology to promote working remotely and reduce business travel, or if you'd like to find out more about the solutions available to you to cope with increased mobile data usage, please contact 2 Circles on 03456 200 200 or email@example.com.
“Our number one priority is keeping customers connected, but that cannot be at the expense of the environment. Data centre cooling is a great example: the more data we use, the hotter the centres can become. Historically networks have relied on air con, but the UK has plenty of fresh, cold air that does the same job – so we’re getting rid of old kit and using energy in a smarter way. Investing in upgrading our network will help us hit our efficiency targets as we head towards net zero by 2025 – without compromising on the service we provide.” Tracey Herald, Head of Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability at O2