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We are not only excited where technology will lead us but also committed to innovating ways to use technology for a more sustainable tomorrow.

We enhance the power of connectivity by creating product offerings that help overcome missing broadband connectivity, improve the resilience of communities to extreme weather changes and increase public safety. Our product offerings also support the battle against climate change.

We improve the resilience of communities to extreme weather changes and promote public safety

Telecom technologies are crucial in ensuring remote areas stay connected in real time. This reduces the impact of natural disasters and helps communities stay safe.

We have launched a compact, rapidly deployable LTE network-in-a-box which enables vital public safety communications to be implemented at emergency scenes where wide area network coverage is not available. In addition, mobile operators can use the miniature LTE network to bring high-bandwidth connectivity to rural and remote areas. As part of our cooperation with Save the Children, to help protect children and their communities in 350 villages in India, we announced that Nokia Networks will provide its LTE-based network-in-a-box solution for public safety mobile broadband in six of these villages.

Read more about the LTE Network-in-a-box here

We go global with Nokia’s life-saving emergency alert system

Also related to the safety of communities and people, we have made an announcement to go global with Nokia’s life-saving emergency alert system. The alert solution can be used to deliver potentially life-saving messages to mobile subscribers in specified areas by warning of dangerous natural disasters or other emergencies. Public safety authorities can use this platform to define an emergency area and provide information. Operators can use their subscriber data to deliver alerts to people known to be inside an emergency area within minutes, and consumers get potentially life-saving messages directly on their mobile devices. In 2015, when we announced the news, the solution had delivered more than 10 million messages covering over 1,000 emergencies in one country.

Read more about Nokia’s life-saving emergency alert system here

We seek ways to connect people to digital solutions that can improve their health

In the area of digital health, we are seeking ways to connect people to digital solutions that can improve their health. Here, the emerging programmable world presents opportunities to address health conscious consumers and people who have an elevated risk of chronic conditions; and expand patient care experience from hospitals and wards to home. The mobile revolution will trigger a democratization of healthcare where patients take a bigger role in their well-being.

We are currently part of two initiatives around digital health: In Senegal we are combatting diabetes by using mobile technology and in Mexico we are building a national mHealth initiative combatting diabetes and obesity.

The project in Senegal is developed under the leadership of the local health authorities and the UN “Be He@lthy Be Mobile” initiative from the World Health Organization and ITU. The project has a clear objective: combat diabetes using mobile technology. Simple tools such as SMS are used to educate the population and health care workers on diabetes prevention, tips on diagnosing diabetes, avoiding complications during fasting and other diabetes care advice. Remote diagnosis tools are available whereby pictures of diabetic wounds can be sent via a smartphone to the Diabetes Center. In 2015, the program expects to reach 10,000 people with the goal of having 200,000 persons registered by 2018. 

Developed with the Mexican government and other partners, we are building a national mHealth initiative to combat not only diabetes, but also overweight and obesity. We plan to reach 10 million people in Mexico in the next 4 years with this project.  Overweight and obesity have reached epidemic levels in Mexico where over 70% of the population falls into these categories, surpassing the US.  The mHealth initiative is expected to have a great impact in preventing chronic diseases at large. Mobile Health has the potential to help an additional 15.5 million people access the healthcare system and could save US$3.8 billion in Mexico’s healthcare spend by 2017.

We participate in the battle against climate change

The information and communications technology (ICT) industry has a fundamental role to play in the battle against climate change. According to GeSI’s Smarter2030 report, ICT has the potential to enable a 20% reduction in global CO2 emissions by 2030.  

Our positive contribution comes through providing technology that enhances digitalization and enables the delivery of the services that help decrease emissions and make the activities of people, communities and businesses more eco-efficient. In addition, as the amount of mobile data traffic continues to grow exponentially, our role is to help operators deal with this growth in a sustainable way. We do this by making our products more energy efficient and promoting the use of renewable energy. Our recent activity in this area includes the launch of  Zero CO2 emission base station site offering, which enables a reduction in base station site energy consumption of up to 70%. With the significantly lower energy consumption, renewable energy sources become viable options for powering a base station site.  This year, we  complemented the offering by launching the AirScale Base Station, which consumes zero energy in its radio parts when there is no traffic.

To find out more, go to section Protecting the environment

We pilot a web-based system to monitor water availability

Connectivity also enables more efficient collection and analysis of data, which can help in improving the resilience of communities to extreme weather changes across their region. We pilot a web-based system to monitor water availability in drought-prone regions of Ethiopia and Kenya together with Oxfam. This system provides real-time information to quickly identify the early onset of drought, enabling response efforts to be mobilized before the situation reaches a crisis point. In 2015, we monitored and mapped over 1,000 water points across Kenya and Ethiopia, identifying a further 56 strategic water points to be incorporated into the project.

We contribute to deliver benefits of broadband infrastructure and services in all corners of the world

According to the latest International Telecom Union ICT Facts and Figures, 20% of households in developed countries and as much as 66% of households in developing countries do not have internet access, leaving more than 4 billion people from developing countries offline.

We address this issue through our technology, innovation and cooperation with various stakeholders and by introducing innovative technology that enhances access to the internet. Our latest innovations in this area include the Nokia FastMile which is designed to overcome missing broadband connectivity by bringing much needed high-speed broadband to the citizens of unconnected areas. This solution delivers good quality broadband faster and it’s also cheaper than fixed solutions in areas where copper or optical connectivity is not available.

Read more about the Nokia FastMile here

We work with others in our industry in order to make connectivity and broadband investments happen

We are a member of The Alliance for Affordable Internet which is a technology sector coalition with an aim to achieve the UN Broadband Commission target of entry-level broadband priced at less than 5% of monthly income, thereby enabling billions more people to come online.

We work with the Indian Institute of Technology-Madras (IIT-M), one of the country’s foremost educational institutions, to create technology solutions that will enhance broadband connectivity in rural India.

We established the Telecom Infra Project (TIP) together with Facebook, Intel, Deutsche Telekom, EE, Globe, SK Telecom and other operators, equipment providers, systems integrators and technology companies from around the world.

Read more in the section Making change happen together