“Zain” cooperates with “Huawei” to accelerate the development of green 5G networks

– Iman Al-Roudhan: “Zain” and “Huawei” are pioneers in driving the adoption of sustainable practices
Stephen Ye: Huawei is committed to supporting Zain’s green development efforts

Zain announced its cooperation with Huawei to launch a long-term initiative to accelerate the development of green 5G networks and sustainable infrastructures in the ICT sector.

The two companies seek to build sustainable green networks based on 5.5G generation technologies to achieve their common sustainable goals to combat climate change. The announcement of this cooperation came on the sidelines of the Mobile World Congress (MWC 2023) in Barcelona, ​​Spain.

Al-Sulaili and Al-Babtain during the public meeting (Photo by Saud Salem)

Zain stated that over the past years, it launched a wide range of initiatives and efforts to confront climate change in the telecommunications sector, and Huawei has become one of its most prominent strategic partners in its efforts to contribute to reducing the effects of climate change and helping it build green infrastructure.

And “Zain” stated that in 2023, it will cooperate closely with “Huawei” to research and define performance indicators (KPIs) in particular with climate change, which will focus on the gradual decarbonization of the network infrastructure on a consistent basis, and the two partners will cooperate to accelerate the development of fifth generation networks (5G). ) and launching innovative technologies that contribute to building a sustainable infrastructure for communications and information technology.

Climate change

Commenting on the cooperation, Iman Al-Roudhan, CEO of Zain Kuwait, said: “In the year 2021, (Zain) participated in the (Huawei) Digital Energy Summit to confirm our position on confronting the repercussions of the climate change crisis, and today we continue this journey together to enhance our strategic vision. involved in addressing this important issue.

Al-Roudhan added: “On the regional scene, pioneering companies such as (Zain) and (Huawei) have led the sector in adopting sustainable practices, but more efforts remain necessary to further reduce our environmental footprint by reducing our dependence on fossil fuels and reducing energy consumption. , adopting environmental design principles, disposing of e-waste, adopting the circular system in our value chain, applying water and electricity rationalization measures, and addressing the impacts of our operations on biodiversity, while emphasizing that our plans and activities are comprehensive, and we have relied on our partnership system to accelerate our transition towards Carbon neutral economy, facing climate change is a top priority for us.

Numerous risks

For his part, Stephen Ye, President of Huawei Middle East and Central Asia, said: “(Huawei) strongly believes that climate change leads to many risks, such as more severe floods, changes in precipitation patterns, higher temperatures, higher sea levels, and ocean acidification. , and rising prices of raw materials and energy tariffs, and there will be effects of these risks not only on societies and biodiversity, but also on corporate assets, capital expenditures, operating costs and revenues.

He continued, “To mitigate these risks, it is necessary for companies to adopt sustainable practices and reduce their carbon footprint to limit global warming to the recommended level of 1.5 degrees Celsius compared to pre-industrial levels, while Zain’s focus is on green development strategies. The adoption of energy saving solutions and smart systems for infrastructure is a positive step towards achieving this goal, and as a strategic partner of (Zain), (Huawei) is committed to supporting these efforts for green and sustainable development.

long-term initiative

Zain and Huawei will strengthen their cooperation in green technology products, hybrid solar energy solutions, and energy-saving artificial intelligence innovations, and the two companies will launch a long-term initiative to build a sustainable green network using 5.5G technologies.

more efficient networks

The fifth generation networks are more efficient in terms of energy consumption, and can reduce consumption per bit (energy per bit) compared to its predecessor, the fourth generation network, LTE 4G, and Zain works with its partners such as Huawei to migrate data traffic from the fourth generation network. to the fifth generation network.

Zain is also working continuously with its partners to improve work policies related to energy conservation across the entire network, which resulted in reducing energy consumption over the fifth generation network by more than 20 percent while maintaining network performance indicators. The network’s artificial intelligence capabilities contributed to achieving this goal. In addition, by using renewable energy sources such as solar energy, Zain can reduce the use of diesel power generators by 85 percent in sites powered by hybrid solar energy.

Confronting climate change

Zain places combating climate change as one of the four pillars of the company’s sustainability strategy, and is committed to reducing its energy consumption and emissions across its entire value chain, by improving the environmental performance of the workplace and spreading awareness of environmental care.

Zain has set medium and short-term goals to reduce its entire carbon footprint, and the company aims to reach carbon neutrality by 2050 to reduce its impact on the environment. That is why Zain and Huawei are conducting extensive and comprehensive research in modern revolutionary technologies such as 5.5. G, artificial intelligence and renewable energy to reduce the environmental footprint of the ICT sector.

Over the past years, the two companies have researched and implemented many researches and practices with multiple levels of environmentally friendly development processes.

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