Cabling Blog: Green ICT on the move

Oct. 4, 2021
The Cabling Blog's ICT News Digest for Oct. 4, 2021.

ICT industry essential for green economy?

Writing at RCR Wireless News, ABI Research analyst Qingyong Chen contends that "the ICT industry can play an essential role in the green economy."

"The Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry is making noticeable contributions to energy consumption and emission of greenhouse gases," writes Chen, who adds that "according to the Global Enabling Sustainability Initiative (GeSI), the ICT sector is expected to account for up to 20% of the global electricity consumption levels by 2030."

Chen's piece goes on to describe how corresponding green development initiatives for the ICT industry can be broken down into 3 aspects -- namely, those for hardware, software and processes.

Green ICT and digital 'double counting'

As an interesting counterpoint to the news item above, in a new article charting ICT’s rising prominence in the push for global carbon neutrality and sustainability efforts, Verdict (UK) notes that "counting ICT emissions, alone, does not tell the full story -- research also shows that ICT industry is enabling many other sectors to reduce their carbon footprint."

The piece goes on to describe how the World Economic Forum (WEF), for example, finds that by 2030, "ICT technology will help reduce industrial emissions by 12.1 billion tons, nearly 10 times the amount emitted by the ICT industry."

ICT booming in Bangladesh

The Daily Star (Bangladesh) reported on Sept. 30 that Bangladesh's ICT sector is booming on the back of demand for artificial intelligence (AI), internet of things (IoT) and big data warehousing.

This observation was according to Farhana A Rahman, senior vice-president of the Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services (BASIS), who made the remark during her keynote presentation at a recent webinar on trade and investment opportunities for IT and IT-enabled services between Japan and Bangladesh.

Long-distance Li-Fi?

PCMag's Michael Kan has the story: Alphabet Beams Fiber-Like 20Gbps Internet Through the Air in Congo.

"The technology sends internet data through the air via beams of light," writes Kan. "In other words, it's fiber optic-like internet without the need to lay down fiber cabling."

Sounds a lot like long distance Li-Fi to us, but Google's parent company has dubbed the initiative Project Taara, which recently applied the technology to expanding broadband to two cities in the Congo that are separated by a river.

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