Psi coverage solution and Radio Dot System are two products improving coverage with reduced energy footprint for Ericsson
Ericsson has stated that its Psi coverage solution and Radio Dot System are both products that are aiding in it in quest for sustainability and corporate responsibility.
The company has published its 21st Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility report summarising its performance during 2013. Highlights include a solidified approach to responsible business including rigorous compliance processes, energy efficient solutions from the company's product portfolio, and extended reach in providing access to communication for all, including refugees and students in remote areas.
In energy and environment, Ericsson has reported improvements in its own activities and products in operation. Ericsson set a target to reduce carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) emissions by 30% per employee by 2017. The full year reduction for 2013 was 10% per employee.
Examples from the portfolio include the Ericsson Psi Coverage Solution, introduced last year, and Ericsson Radio Dot System.
Psi Coverage Solution uses a single radio unit to provide the same 3G coverage as an ordinary base station equipped with three radio units. Psi Coverage Solution has been deployed across 11 markets during 2013 and has proven to reduce power consumption by 40%.
Ericsson Radio Dot System, which improves indoor mobile coverage, reduces power requirements by more than 50% compared to traditional Distributed Antenna Systems, and prolongs battery life of end user devices used in enterprise environments.
Hans Vestberg, President and CEO, Ericsson, commented: 'Sustainability is increasingly integrated into our business strategy. I firmly believe that our commitment to sustainability and CR enhances our competitiveness, and the actions we take today will enable positive business outcomes in the future.'
Elaine Weidman-Grunewald, head of sustainability and corporate responsibility at Ericsson, said: 'This area continues to gain importance to all our stakeholders and we are focused on building a strong foundation for corporate responsibility within the company. This does not mean incidents can never happen, but it means when they do, we have strong operational processes in place to handle them.'
Technology for Good programmes, which aim to increase access and affordability to communications, have reported significant progress in 2013. Ericsson has set an objective to positively impact 2.5 million people directly through its Technology for Good initiatives by 2016.
Within Technology for Good, Ericsson is involved in various programmes, including Connect To Learn that has expanded steadily to positively impact some 40,000 students in 14 countries. In 2013 Ericsson focused on establishing a baseline for measuring impacts, and published the report called ICT in Education.
Another programme aims to assist in the global refugee crisis, which affects 42 million people according to the UN refugee agency UNHCR. At the end of 2013 there were 250,000 people registered on the Refugees United mobile platform that helps refugees search and find each other. In response to the current humanitarian crisis in Syria and neighbouring countries, Ericsson recently announced the launch of the service together with three mobile operators: Zain in Jordan, Avea in Turkey, and Asiacell in Iraq.
Also, during the year, Ericsson, Facebook and a number of other tech giants took a step closer to realising the benefits of mobile communication through the announcement of a global initiative called Internet.org.
Weidman-Grunewald concluded: 'At the end of the day a sustainability report is only a snapshot of performance. It will fall short without the people, processes and governance behind it. Building the robustness of our programmes has been a big focus for us in 2013, in all areas of sustainability and corporate responsibility.'